View Full Version : Kayaker Dies in the Park

08-27-2008, 03:20 PM
This is real sad and ought to constantly remind us how little rain it takes to raise the water levels and currents to dangerous heights.


08-27-2008, 08:12 PM
Thats too bad. It's hard for me to imagine going through the Gorge when the water is raging in a little kayak with a little helmet on. Those boulders are too large and they aren't going to move for a human. Everybody has to have a hobby, I'll stick to fishin in the Smokies.


08-27-2008, 09:32 PM
Water deserves respect even if it's just an inch deep. You should always be sharp and have it in the back of your mind that the wet stuff can kill you.

08-27-2008, 09:53 PM
I have been down to the gorge (last year) when the water was over its banks and was passed by 12 kayakers. It was a scary sight down through the gorge with the water roaring down that shute. Good news on these guys were that they were all with someone else - no one trying it alone.

08-27-2008, 11:08 PM
Living down here in bayouland, I have a healthy respect for the power of water...and now it looks like we're going to have to play refugee again. Prayers for this man's family, for sure.

08-28-2008, 07:42 AM
Prayers going out IJ.

Hey Rainshaker, notice the end of that article, they said "we won't be coming back". Starts giving me ideas for that sack of snakes I've been saving up for a rainy dayhttp://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif

Paula Begley
08-28-2008, 09:22 AM
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. It's a tragedy that should never be repeated, but I fear it will.

We have a very good friend who went kayaking on Little River last February 2. On his way out of the shop I cautioned him to not use his head as a rudder. He ended up in Blount Memorial with 37/57? (some horribly large number) stitches in his head and face. He was lucky. AND he was stitched up by a fly fisherman and customer in the ER.

The river requires a great dose of respect.


08-28-2008, 09:36 AM
Sad story and hopefully others will learn from this mistake. It always amazes me how people will get out during storms of this magnitude (especially surfers on the coast).

08-28-2008, 01:07 PM
It always amazes me how people will get out during storms of this magnitude (especially surfers on the coast).

Lucky to be alive...