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  • #1387
    harris
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    Apparently there was a drowning on the Grand this weekend between Cambridge and Brantford. Anyone know details? Someone at work mentioned it to me this morning and I found a link to the story on the Records website. Seems relevant after that thread on statistics.

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    #17210
    Anonymous
    Participant

    “It’s believed that all nine men had personal flotation devices with them.”

    With them or ON them?

    #17211
    Grant
    Participant

    Yeah, the article was not clear if they were properly wearing their PFDs. Went on the lake saturday and saw 2 paddlers “wearing” their PFDs, neither one had them buckled. <img loading=” title=”Confused” />

    #17212
    Phitty
    Participant

    Low head dam from the looks of the news coverage this morning.

    P.

    #17213
    harris
    Participant

    I was in Elora yesturday hiking and looking at houses and such – saw an older guy (60-65+) in a WS Tsunami 140 paddling dangerously close to the weir above the tooth of the time there. He didn’t have a spray skirt on, life jacket didn’t fit and he definately wasn’t a very strong paddler. Thought I was going to witness an accident myself.

    #17214
    Bobbie
    Participant

    I was fly fishing with my father between Paris and Brantford on Saturday. We paddled from Bean Park to the takeout below Wikes dam. We saw an EMS guy running along the bank looking for somebody, and we recovered two whitewater paddles (Blue and Yellow rafting type) closer to the 401. We returned the paddles to Bean park when we went back to the put-in to pick up the other car.

    Very sad…

    #17215
    Duncan
    Participant

    So where exactly did this happen? Downstream from the Bloop?

    #17216
    Bobbie
    Participant

    We found one of the paddles just above the Bloop, and another one closer to the 401, but the EMS guy was running around at Bean park. I’m pretty sure it happened upstream somewhere… Maybe closer to Paris. I was genuinely nervous we would find a body, but we were soon preoccupied with fishing.

    Just before we left my parents driveway I was talking to my dad about the post here on Boaterboard about the death stats and life-jackets… We often fish sitting on our life-jackets, but it’s because we are both whitewater canoeists, and we figure “ah, we’re just fishing…” It was really eerie having that conversation, and then hearing about this…

    #17217
    keez
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    "harris":1dx1ajuq wrote:
    I was in Elora yesturday hiking and looking at houses and such – saw an older guy (60-65+) in a WS Tsunami 140 paddling dangerously close to the weir above the tooth of the time there. He didn’t have a spray skirt on, life jacket didn’t fit and he definately wasn’t a very strong paddler. Thought I was going to witness an accident myself.[/quote:1dx1ajuq]

    Saw the guy as well, came pretty damn close to the weir (pardon the pun).
    You didn’t happen to see any of the kids throwing stones when I was practicing in the wave at the bottom of the Tooth did you?

    Geoff

    #17218
    harris
    Participant

    There were a couple punks coming out of the water there near the base of the weir that looked like they had been swimming. I didn’t see anyone throwing rocks though.

    #17219
    parrothead
    Participant

    One victim likely died of head injuries, and the other is probably still in the dam..one victim was attempting a rescue..

    #17220
    parrothead
    Participant

    One victim likely died of head injuries, and the other is probably still in the dam..one victim was attempting a rescue..

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