Originally Posted by GoodTimes
Please don't turn it into that. Everyone in this sport should understand....sometimes things just happen. Every incident does not need to be disected for the "better of the group". We all know the risks.......at every level of paddling.
I think any safety minded boater has a responsibility to "turn it into that" when they hear tragic news like this. Sensitivity to family and friends is of course important, and it sounds like in this case it was just a matter of high velocity currents and rocks. But the question of "what happened and could anything have been done differently" should ALWAYS be asked.
I read the heartbreaking thread about Allen Satcher from a few weeks ago, and was left with many questions in my head about the sport I like so much and how it effects my friends and family. I was dismayed to read some of the negative responses to a member of that party who was willing to speak curtly and directly to the circumstances surrounding the incident. The following weekend I didn't get out of my boat to scout or portage once without my 70' rope bag in hand.
Kayaking difficult water has only been around for about 30 some years, and unfortunately we don't have it down to an exact science yet. Of course we should be sensitive towards those affected by fatalities on the river, but let's not let that get in the way of refining our practices and potentially saving lives.