Monday, June 9, 2008

An unhappy reminder

Sad news for paddlers today. As the Associated Press reported over the weekend, a kayaker drown in the Bad River when he was trapped between trees.

High water levels across the state make any and all river trips dangerous. In this case, conditions were deadly and sadness descends on all of us who travel the water.

Here is the information from the AP:

Kayaker Drowns on Bad River

A man drowned in a kayak accident Saturday in the Bad River about 70 miles southwest of Fort Pierre.

Jones County Sheriff Fred Koester says the man was in a kayak following two female staffers in a canoe.

The women were about one mile ahead of him and waited. They saw a paddle float by and later found the kayak submerged between two trees in the river.

His body was recovered in the kayak.

Please let this be a reminder to everyone who paddles, regardless of skill, experience, or talent: flood-level rivers are dangerous.

The earlier report said the rushing water forced the paddler into two trees and that the boat was bent or crushed, trapping him in the cockpit.

God bless the family and friends of the man who lost his life on the river. Let us all paddle with caution in the days and weeks ahead.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kevin was my uncle. He was the single most influential and inspirational person in my life. He was my icon and my mentor. He had been a source of strength for me through my battle with breast cancer in recent months. He was a good man with a good heart and a good head on his shoulders. He did good work for a good cause...several, actually. He was intrepid and full of life and his horrible end was unwarranted and unfair. He was an inteligent, fit, avid and competent outdoorsman. He was a hiker, a mountain climber, a rock climber, a kayaker...among many other things. Most of all, he was a brother, a son, an uncle and a friend. His death was not a lesson to be taught. I love him and miss him so much. It simply isn't fair.