Originally Posted by The Mogur
Lighten up. I'm sure the people would have recovered their gear if they'd had any way to do it. Nobody takes lightly the decision to walk away from a $10,000 pile of equipment.
Brings up a good story. Few years ago during runoff I put in on the Roaring Fork near Carbondale. Few hundred yards downstream we saw a drift boat sunk, facing into the current, and tied to a tree. Looked good and stuck so we just left it. Couple of days later we see the same boat but now the 40 ft cottonwood has fallen in the river and the drifter is holding the tree. I knew that it wasn't going to last long so I called a buddy and we got all my come alongs, winches and ropes, and my swiftwater gear and set about retrieving it. At one point I think we had four come alongs attached and two z-drags. Finally got it to budge and eventually got it to shore where we proceed to bailing. Didn't seem to be getting anywhere so checked the drain plug. Sure enough no drain plug - found it in a compartment. PO had launched with no drain plug and sunk her. Anyway, we got it drained, rowed to the takeout and trailered it to my storage yard. Called the Sheriff, no report. Asked around and nobody knew whose it was. Couple of weeks go by and we think we have a brand new Clackacraft only to get a call from the Sheriff. Turns out the PO had sunk it, left the State and not filed a report. Sheriff says we gotta give it back, fair enough but I give him a bill for $1800 salvage and storage fee. Took a bit of negotiating but eventually settled on$1100 I think. Guess all turned out OK but don't discount someones propensity to walk from a serious fuck up