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Old 06-26-2011   #11
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I understand your interest in keeping personal matters private. It is not my intention to be insensitive.

It is in the interest of the entire boating community to understand what happened and what could have prevented this tragedy. It someone who was there or knows what happened could post their version of the story and what was learned from it, it would be a benefit to everyone.

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Old 06-26-2011   #12
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We ran rodeo rapid also, accidentally, at 6pm yesterday. It was a very big hole, but a flusher. We had 2 duckies (young adults ahead of us), and our 14' rear oar frame. Both duckies swam, and we dumptrucked and then played chase. Very scary situation and my condolences go out to the family. We feel very fortunate, and won't make that mistake again.

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Old 06-26-2011   #13
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Let it go.

David23, back it down a little bit.

We never ask for people to pour out the hearts. You can guess what happened. Young and healthy people only go down for a few reasons. If they want to share they can, but we really don't need any more answers. We know what the outcome was and where it was, the rest can be determined later.
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Old 06-27-2011   #14
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Any info should go to Charlie Walbridge who compiles information on river safety for the River Safety Newsletter. He posted here a few weeks ago asking people to send info to him.
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bummer losing a boater
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Old 06-29-2011   #16
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Kayaker who died on Eagle River identified as John Novak, 31, of Minturn

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Real Vail – June 26, 2011

A kayaker who died on the Eagle River Saturday afternoon near the Eagle County Fairgrounds was identified Sunday as 31-year-old John Novak of Minturn, according to Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis.

Novak was on a private, non-commercial river trip on the Eagle River with two friends, according to police. He was wearing a life preserver and helmet at the time of his death.

The cause of death will not be known until an autopsy is completed later this week, Bettis said.

Agencies assisting in the recovery of Novak included the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Mountain Rescue, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Gypsum Fire Protection District and the Western Eagle County Ambulance District.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is urging everyone to use extra caution in and around the valley’s waterways as this is the time of year when rivers and streams are running high and fast, especially given last winter's record snowpack.
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Old 07-09-2011   #17
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Do we know yet if there was a specific hazard that caused/contributed to this that we need to be aware of besides the rapid itself?

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