All good points. I'm sure there's the extra "thrill factor" thrown in all the time on many rivers to get that big tip. However, from what this 7 minutes portrays this company is showing negligence. But on the other hand any water sport is an at-risk adventure, and custy/dad should probably take some ownership in that regard. What will I take from this video? I'm not sure. Don't have any plans for a trip to Turkey, and I like being my own captain. I did think it was just interesting that he went back.
I don't think you can use the Gauley as a fair comparison though. I've run it several times privately, and was on the water 2 separate days there were fatalities. Very much an at-your-own-risk river, but I'm pretty sure I never saw kids as young as 9 in those yellow and white custy helmets. And I would bet the companies' insurance won't let them take kids that young thru Class V rapids. For example, here's Class VI's website description of the Upper G.
Upper Gauley River Rafting:
The Upper Gauley River is the trophy day trip of commercial white water rafting. Huge, gnarly, challenging, breathtaking. Not for the timid or inexperienced. Class V rapids stacked one after the other with little or no time to recover.
If you're at all unsure, do the Lower New River and then the Lower Gauley River, in that order
Elsewhere on their website
Ages in Your Group:
Our rivers have strict age requirements.