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missmolly
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05/14/2019 04:24PM
 
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airmorse
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05/14/2019 05:37PM
Screw that!!!
 
KarlBAndersen1
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05/14/2019 06:33PM
 
burrow1
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05/14/2019 08:01PM
Oh hell no!!! Too old for that s#$t
 
billconner
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05/14/2019 08:43PM
Not in a milion years.
 
05/14/2019 09:06PM
Very scary and very lucky.
 
05/14/2019 09:31PM
That's crazy scary. I almost lost my wits just going over sag falls in a kayak. :)
 
carmike
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05/14/2019 11:08PM
Uff da. Can you imagine what that man felt like with that little rope in his hands and all that water pushing him under? Yikes.
 
05/14/2019 11:25PM
I will stick with flat water canoeing at my ripe old age.

Raging white water kayaking ... NO WAY!

I am not even sure what category those Rapids would be ? Class 8?
 
dicecupmaker
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05/14/2019 11:49PM
Nope! Not this cat!!
 
lundojam
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05/15/2019 05:34AM
I was close to someone who was killed in New Zealand whitewater; I suppose that's pretty much how it went down. Young guy in his 20s.
I get my adrenaline watching football or bobber fishing.
 
missmolly
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05/15/2019 06:18AM
I was surprised that they admitted that the risk might not be worth it.
 
05/15/2019 06:21AM
Kinda like what you THINK your paddling on Brule, Snowbank or Bailey Bay when they are angry. I’m glad I didn’t get into that stuff back in the day or I’d be dead for sure..
 
yellowcanoe
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05/15/2019 07:52AM
That was too intense.. Not popcorn suitable. No thanks not for me
 
LindenTree
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05/15/2019 08:20AM
I pulled an 11 YO girl out of some rapids way smaller than that, she was caught under a rock, her mother was screaming from shore, the park rangers were fighting to keep her out of the current. Unfortunately we carried her up the hill in a body bag.

Yah, that was hard to watch, thank god he made it.
 
Jackfish
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05/15/2019 08:25AM
I'm surprised he lived. Had he not, they probably wouldn't have put it on YouTube, but it sure looked like he was under water for a lengthy period of time. I've done a little light whitewater kayaking in my time and that was scary enough. I'll stick to canoeing flat water now.
 
nofish
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05/15/2019 08:33AM
Portages were invented for a reason.
 
jwartman59
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05/15/2019 12:41PM
They didn’t scout the rapids adequately. Not sure it was possible anyway. I retired my whitewater kayak when we had our first child.


 
05/15/2019 12:48PM
Hard to watch indeed. Looks like pulling him toward the shore was the wrong move, better to have yanked him back out and away.

I guess this type of sh*t is what those guys live for?

I will say it was inspiring to watch someone fight for their life like that. What do we say to Death? Not today!
 
MikeinMpls
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05/15/2019 03:46PM
I wonder if this would qualify as "living life to the fullest" as several posters alluded to in the "Body Found" thread of the last month.

I agree with Jackfish that this would not have been aired had the guy not survived. But it's interesting to entertain the idea that, had he not, it be aired anyway.

Mike
 
05/15/2019 04:51PM
The first time I clicked on the link, I got a video showing a young woman visiting Japan and using a hand held English to Japanese translation device. Not very scary. Lol
 
straighthairedcurly
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05/15/2019 09:04PM
LindenTree: "I pulled an 11 YO girl out of some rapids way smaller than that, she was caught under a rock, her mother was screaming from shore, the park rangers were fighting to keep her out of the current. Unfortunately we carried her up the hill in a body bag.


Yah, that was hard to watch, thank god he made it."


Sorry to hear that. So sad to hear about anyone losing their life to water, but especially such a young child.

I saved 2 different people from drowning on the Wolf River in Wisconsin during my whitewater days, both were ill-prepared rafters. Helped search the St. Croix River for a young man who tried to swim across...unfortunately his body popped up days later. Watched a fellow kayaker who was wearing a life jacket get sucked down by a whirlpool on the St. Croix while I was paddling to his rescue. Fortunately, it let him go after about a minute. And a kayaking mentor died from a heart attack after getting caught in a strong keeper hole.

However, I will never regret my days of running great rivers, paddling off Iilgen Falls, or exploring big western Rivers. My respect for water, weather, and injury is very high in all situations. Those guys all know the risks and likely take nothing for granted.
 
LindenTree
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05/16/2019 08:33AM
straighthairedcurly: "
However, I will never regret my days of running great rivers, paddling off Iilgen Falls, or exploring big western Rivers. My respect for water, weather, and injury is very high in all situations. Those guys all know the risks and likely take nothing for granted."


Holy buckets, paddling over Illgen falls, wow.

Wierd thing about that 11 YO girl drowning.
Exactely 2 days later the call came in that another girl was trapped under that exact same rock. We went code to the scene with our fire engine in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, Ca.

We didn't have to carry this girl out, the current let her loose hours later and sent her down stream. The park helicopter lifted her out a day later in a stokes liter.
Poor girl, she was 13 or 14. I'll never forget the family wailing behind me as the helicopter cleared the trees 1/4 mile down stream carrying their little girl.
 
mgraber
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05/16/2019 12:04PM
I think I'll pass.
 
05/16/2019 02:50PM
Kayakers be cray.
 
pamonster
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05/16/2019 04:48PM
eew.....glad I'm not an adrenaline junkie
 
05/16/2019 09:59PM
No way, nope, not me! Even before I had kids I wouldn't do that kind of thing.
 
Basspro69
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05/18/2019 03:16AM
missmolly: "I was surprised that they admitted that the risk might not be worth it. " That is a sign of maturity. That was hard to watch.
 
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