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Tyler Legg
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Monday, April 18, 2011

The high and swift Broad River. Picture from WBTV.

More news stories about folks who are swept away by raging rivers are flooding the local media (no pun intended).

A 14 year old boy was kayaking with a friend, when the Broad River, just south of Boiling Springs, swept him under. Evidently they were trying to cross the river Rescue crews searched relentlessly yesterday until dark forced them to try again early this morning. Today, rescuers continue to search for him. Dive teams are utilizing sonar equipment in an effort to locate the young victim. Of course murky water is making the search arduous. Read the full article here.

Approaching swift water is like creeping up on a sleeping bear. It looks like you can get close to it without a problem, but as you near it, problems are likely going to arise. You have to respect swift water (and sleeping bears). It has a mind of it's own. Once you make the decision to enter that raging river, it'll often have you in a head lock quickly. Please don't become a news story!

One of the worst tornado outbreaks in NC history, very high water, tons of swift water rescues, and baseball size hail. All in about 2 weeks. You win Mother Nature. Now GIT!


Mark said...

I hate to hear about things like this. There wasn't a piece of water you could've paid me to get into on Saturday around where we were. When you're talking 1000s of cubic feet per second that's a force to avoid no matter what. It can become too late, a fraction of a second after making a bad decision.

Kev2380 said...

I think the worst is new comers to a river. There's one by me called the Haw, during high water it looks like a nice rather quick rolling river. During low flows you can see just how treacherous the river is. It is loaded with rocks and small boulders that would ping pong you like crazy in fast water if you ever went under. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_dNsI7WBmp0w/SLR34hlQLBI/AAAAAAAAA1U/fMNaBUaLxz8/s1600-h/DSCN1455.jpg

Tyler Legg said...

The search is now a recovery unfortunately.

@Mark- High water is a loaded gun. Like you said, it only takes a fraction of a second before you realize you made a bad mistake.

@Kevin- Absolutely. New comers usually don't have the knowledge possessed by local folks who have been around a certain river for years. Each river is different in some aspect.

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