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Old 08-16-2015   #1
 
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Drowning on the Takilma Gorge stretch of Rogue

Not where you think...... A family of 12 went down the Takilma Gorge stretch of the Rogue and a 4 year old drown. That is usually an advanced Kayak run, tragic I have no idea what information they had about this stretch. KDRV.com | Four-Year-Old Dies From Rogue River Rafting Accident
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This is very sad indeed, and would be reckless if parents knew how tough of stretch of river this was. Please just google Takilma gorge kayaking video.Folks this very tough, technical narrow whitewater and I'm sure no place for a 4 yr.old. I realize water levels are really low so maybe everyone thought it would be safer. We have had this debate many times on this forum, and the need for self rescue. This is your neck of the woods rivers2run, so yes I would really appreciate your comment.
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There is no cell service on this section, a hiker heard them yelling for help and had to run out and drive 15-20 minutes to Prospect to make a call. It is a vertical canyon with large wood hazards. Very difficult to get out of there for any type of self rescue. Most people hike the rim to scout it before they make the run. Water in that stretch is running only 313 cfs. I can only assume they had no idea what they were getting into. This is an advanced kayak run, harder than Blossom probably IV+.
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So sad.

Is this the same run?

If so what the hell were they thinking? WOW!
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Yes this is the run. Imagine in a raft with a 4 yr old.
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Ohhhh no, heartbreaking.

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Anyone know if they were really rafting or just floaters with out a clue? Just wondering if they were on Walmart rafts or did they have some real equipment and got in over their heads.

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I dont know I will keep you posted as the news comes out. I believe they didn't know.
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Regardless of details that come out in this incident this is a real tragedy that will haunt the parents for the rest of their lives. While we all recognize the need to learn from accidents, please try to be sensitive to the family who has just lost their child.
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The details seem to point to them not knowing what they were getting into in one form or another. I take my 4 year old on rivers, but nothing like this. My heart aches for the family, but a part of me is so angry about it. That boy could have lived. Ugh.
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