Originally Posted by TheDeb
This came to me from a source that was on the water at the park when it went down. The man was tubing and lost his tube in Rodeo hole. He flushed downriver. No pfd. No helmet... If my friend jumps on the buzz, and feels up to it, he may elaborate more.
First, please let me give my condolences to the family of the deceased.
I was there and witnessed the events leading up to the drowning.
The man was on a tube and he got surfed in Rodeo. His tube stuck and he floated down the main current without secondary flotation. He floated around the bend and out of sight and I didn't see him again until I was out of the creek and he was being attended to by first responders.
Without knowing exactly where he became unconscious, my best guess is that he was incapacitated in the first big drop after Rodeo. I nosed in pretty hard in this hole, submerged, and fought to stay upright on the rebound. This would have been a very difficult hole to swim without gear.
Please be safe on the water.
Again, my condolences.