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Old 06-11-2012   #1
 
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Paddle Swallowed WHOLE at Rigo

True Story. We had eyes on it and then it disappeared in the the smaller hole in the right channel, by the undercut. It literally seemed to get sucked down and we never saw it again. It may have flushed way the hell down stream, but we tried to watch for that... It may be wedged in the rocks and will show up when the water drops a little more.

It's a bent shaft AT with worn purple blades and bright yellow tape - it's pretty identifiable. If you find it, the name on the paddle is not the swimmer that lost it - that would be me - so get in touch with either the info on the paddle or me. Thanks for keeping your eyes open.


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Thanks,
Beth

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Jeez. Glad you're OK!
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That's a dangerous spot. In those submerged undercuts wood can get caught underwater and the ends of the logs stick out into the current. If you melt the drop next to an undercut like that you might catch the end of a log in the chest and get pinned. I did that once on the Big South... I don't think I ever went back after that one.

I bet your paddle joined a few submerged logs that are caught in there.
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I don't really mean to make light of it. The swim sucked - and very dangerous, but I made it out just fine. I've had some nice lines down there before, but I f'ed this one up royally.
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hehe...glad you're ok Beth! I hope the bootie beer pic turned out G rated so we can all enjoy!
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Just giving this a bump...maybe with the water dropping, my paddle will pop up.....
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Well, paddle was only 1/2 swallowed at Rigo...Thank you to whoever set this river side for me. I retrieved it yesterday when I was lucky enough to get another run out of CC because of all the rain. Peak - 7/7, crazy.
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