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Old 04-01-2013   #1
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WTF- can be learned here?

I found this video a minute ago on 9 News.

Caught on Camera: Dramatic rescue of stranded kayaker |

I watched the video and normally the writing below is just is repeat of the video. But, this time it was so much more. Please give it a read and discuss from there.

My head is still kind of spinning. Now why didn't he just drop his boat and swim to shore, instead of almost flush drowning/ or freezing to death for an hour?

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Old 04-01-2013   #2
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Solo paddling, inexperience and highwater all seemed to be contributing factors.

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Old 04-01-2013   #3
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Learn to roll. If you can't do that, learn to swim...that river wasn't gushing and you could have easily swam to shore. Hell, from the pictures, it looks like you could have hop-scotched across rocks to get to shore.
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Old 04-01-2013   #4
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Seems like he knew people where going to talk shit cause he would only give his fist name.

Something similar to this happened two years ago on the Arkansas river in Coaldale Co. Two people demoed gear from CKS and swam a class III rapid called cottonwood and lost their paddles and got stranded on the other side of the river away from the road. They called Search and rescue and said they where in trouble. So SAR shut down the road so they could get the guys from the other side of the river. Little did the two know before calling for help there was a bride a mile up stream and a bridge 2 miles down stream that would have led to the road.
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Old 04-01-2013   #5
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Total Noob + Other contributing factors

I've been on this section of the Potomac, so have an idea what happened.

First, the river was probably @ about 20,000 cfs, and definitely has big water characteristics, despite the relatively "easy" rapids. Also, the water was prob. 45 degrees or less (on a warm sunny day.)

Anyway, the guy probably put in, and immediately flipped in an eddyline or Class2-3 wave train, swam 15+ minutes (in big, cold, swirly water -- can be quite difficult to reach shore). He hit mid-river rocks right by a popular park-and-play wave. If he had swam for 3 more minutes, the main current would have pushed him right into the shoreline, then the river becomes flatwater.

The guy was clearly a total noob, choosing to paddle alone-knowing that he didn't have proper skills, and requiring rescue from a Class 2 section of river.

Apparrently this kind of thing happens pretty regularly there.
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William needs to work on his boof stroke.
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Old 04-01-2013   #7
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An hour and a half swim? Somebody throw that boy a turkey leg!
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This BOY called william was looking for a rescue and appeared to have no desire to execute a self rescue, (no news coverage for self rescues).
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A couple summers ago I was playing shuttle bunny and was waiting at the Bridges put in on the Poudre.

I saw a guy in the eddy alone in his kayak, he paddled around a bit then shrugged his shoulders and proceeded to paddle down the eddy instead of peeling out. He hit the first big triangle rock on river right, flipped, did not attempt a roll and immediately swam out of his kayak.

I was alone without any gear so I just watched him holding his gear all the way around the corner. When I went downstream I saw him getting out at difficult bridge rapid. The guy swam a mile of whitewater with his boat and paddle, solo.

I think some people don't research kayaking enough before getting in over their heads.
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"So I pulled out of the kayak, had my vest on had my helmet on and rode the river." - Bill

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