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Old 07-19-2011   #11
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Originally Posted by wildh2onriver View Post
Pretty hard hearted dude. We've all done some pretty foolish things--I know I'm guilty...
ya i guess i have done alot of stupid shit too ...just kinda thought they were asking for it ...maybe its because i kinda knew what was coming

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Old 07-19-2011   #12
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How can you say these people were ignorant? There are plenty of places like this that tourists frequent. I think plenty of us have seen photos of people sitting in the tubs above Victoria Falls. This was a tragic accident. You can't always consider flash floods a danger when partaking in activities.
The side canyons of the Grand Canyon sometimes flash flood. Would you then say that all those who go for day hikes while rafting down the canyon are ignorant? I wouldn't.

Sure, I would have hurried up more. If I was told to get off the lip of a waterfall, boy, I'd move pretty fast. But you don't know how certain people will act when struck with fear.

Just plain sad if you ask me.

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Old 07-19-2011   #13
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thats horrible. like faces of death. no matter how stupid, its not really nice to see someone die. I see darwin in effect at work year round and it still isn't easy to watch. ( then again I usually get there for the aftermath.)
frickin sad.
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Old 07-20-2011   #14
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Three people went over a water falls (300') in Yosemite NP on Tuesday.
Very minimal info on CNN.

Tragic, few people understand the power of moving water.
While I was scouting Boulder Creek last week at 900+ there was a family
with kids 10-12y, who were pissed the the sheriff had shut it down, they wanted to jump in. I just shook my head.
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Old 07-20-2011   #15
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Yosemite rangers fear hikers swept over falls |
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Old 07-20-2011   #16
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My families thoughts and prayers extend to all those lost to water, it gives and it takes. Ignorance/oversight get people killed every day. If you see stupidity, especially on the part of parents and kids, the worst thing you can do is nothing. I wonder if the guy with the camera can sleep? WTF? Was it a family suicide? They seemed resigned. Worse ways to go...
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Old 07-20-2011   #17
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Graphic video. Its important to consider the amount of people who pass away on rivers, or water features in general. World wide I imagine its higher than most of us are willing to guess. If we keep bumping this thread talking about water deaths it will bounce around indefinitely.

This video is a special example, being that strangers can watch these people lose their lives. Its easy to talk about what could have happened in hindsight, but this is foolish. Respect these people who lost their lives...
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Old 07-20-2011   #18
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Originally Posted by gwoodcat View Post
Very sad.. In this case wouldn't it had been better to stay separate as opposed to bunching up. Seems like they made a bigger mass causing more water pressure. Not to mention when one fell they all got pulled down.
actually no. take a swiftwater rescue class and you should be taught about the advantages of two or more people moving and walking through water by holding on to eachother. the moving part is what these people failed to do.
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Old 07-21-2011   #19
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it kinda looks like the person farthest upstream fell down and then took out the other people's legs....

very scary, that falls looks to be easily 70' or more? anybody know where this falls is?
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Someone else got too close too - this was Niagara falls - below the falls

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