kayaker save just before swimming over a 50 ft waterfall.
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Throw rope buried!|
Posted by: yatipope on Aug-29-13 6:00 AM (EST)
I think that guy is quite LUCKY to be alive and you can see the fright and fatigue in his movements when he finally gets to safety. I do wonder in such a critical, potentially deadly run like this that the rescuers throw rope was buried UNDER his seat requiring him to pull over, exit his boat and dig under his seat for the throw-rope! Seems if you don't have safety personnel on the banks ready for trouble,.. you should have the throw-rope somewhere readily accessible.
Posted by: suiram on Aug-29-13 7:22 AM (EST)
I am quite sure that you run Vs all day long, so your comments are very appreciated, and your insights are to be valued.
It wasn't under the seat...|
Posted by: paddlemore on Aug-30-13 6:56 PM (EST)
It was in front of the seat, which is a very standard place to keep it. They could have possibly set up extra safety (either from other boaters who weren't there, or from friends willing to hike in a be safety). However, it might not have been safe or practical for extra safety people to hike/paddle in and set up.
Posted by: Celia on Aug-31-13 6:05 PM (EST)
are beyond the experience and understanding of most on this board. Messing around in class V water with drops like this is one of them. There was no newspaper story about a fatality - they done good.
Thanks, very interesting...|
Posted by: Kocho on Aug-29-13 12:30 PM (EST)
I wonder if a successful off-side roll there, after the pin and assuming it resulted in avoiding the swim, would have helped or harmed...
rolling against a rock face|
Posted by: paddlemore on Aug-30-13 7:00 PM (EST)
By offside I assume you mean rolling up on the rock face side of the kayak. (Your offside assumption is based on the belief that the paddler has a favored side and that his favored side is the same as yours.) Anyway... rolling a rock face like in a situation like that is extremely difficult, mainly because the force of the water is pushing on the kayak so hard you can't create enough space to get your body and hands in position which means you can't setup for a c-to-c or sweep.
Posted by: Kocho on Aug-31-13 5:27 PM (EST)
By off side in this case I meant on the side of the rock. Did not look like he tried that, from which I conclude that he favored his right side for whatever reason in this situation. Probably you are right that the pinning force would have made it difficult if not impossible to do, if strong enough. But if the current was mild, then one might be better off crawling up the rock side even without using the paddle, just to right themselves up (probably not possible in the particular situation).