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Old 05-27-2006   #1
Da Fort, Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 42
Poudre Tuber Incident

Took my raft out for her first run on Filter Plant tonight. Two tubers went into Mad Dog just before us and the second one swam (no PFD of course) and got beat up in the rocks pretty good. He was disoriented and stood up in waist deep water just below the rapid where we grabbed him. He was super freaked out and very out of it from the cold and the beating he just took. His buddy was well downstream already. We carried him up to the road, and against my insistance his "buddy" continued tubing down to get his car. I gave the buddy an earful when he got back but he gave me the "I've been tubing this since before you were born" crap. Complete redneck idiot. At the take out I saw two folks that were going to tube tomorrow and used the story to convince them to wear life jackets, and they agreed.
Just figured I'd share with everybody. Wish tubers would just wear a damn life jacket.

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Old 05-28-2006   #2
Loveland, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2002
Join Date: Nov 2003
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Tubers are idiots. Last week I was paddling Filter plant and I came upon a tuber, wearing only shorts(not even shoes), standing in waist deep water, on the far side of the river from the road, shivering such that he could hardly talk. I stopped to make sure that he was okay. He stated that he had broken his tailbone last year and had hit it on a rock again. He was at a loss for how he was going to rejoin his friends(that had floated down out of sight). I ended up ferrying him across on my back deck and pointed him towards the road. I explained to him how dangerous tubing can be at high flows (even on Filter Plant-someone dies in Mad Dog almost every year) and in cold temps. I don't think that it sank in.

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Old 05-28-2006   #3
Join Date: Mar 2004
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tube in bob's hole

We saw a tuber last year go through Bob's hole up on lower mish, he got out ok but his tube was stuck in the hole and was trying to fish it out with a stick! We asked him where his vest was and he just looked at us like we were stupid!
So we took off and let him deal with the tube himself. Of coarse his buddies continued down river laughing at him.

They must be missing a few brain cells!
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