ISU student drowning

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  1. baller21

    baller21 Well-Known Member

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  2. sunnysideup

    sunnysideup Well-Known Member

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    A few days ago I was invited to go tubing next weekend on the Des Moines river. I think I will pass...
     
  3. aute19

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    Terribly sad, especially considering that they intended to take out at Carr Park right where the drowning occurred due to the perceived hazard.

    I just canoed a good stretch of the Skunk, prior to the storms, and it was pretty leisurely. But, considering how many downed trees and logjams we encountered (even had to portage the boats a few hundred yards a bit south of Ames), it's easy to see how they'd be concealed and even more dangerous with a further 8 feet of water in the channel.
     
  4. cstrunk

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    There's something about rivers that are moving faster than a snail's pace or I can't see the bottom in that have always worried me if I was on one in a boat or kayak or whatever.

    This is why.
     
  5. awd4cy

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    I couldn't believe people went tubing down that. I drove by that earlier today and noticed how high that river is right now.
     
  6. sunnysideup

    sunnysideup Well-Known Member

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    This is the exact way I feel. Murky water, currents, debris under the water, plus wildlife is the reason I stay out of them.
     
  7. 2020cy

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    Wildlife? Attack by a bear or pack of wolves?
     
  8. CycloneRulzzz

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    Just got to work and was notified that guy who drowned is a fellow coworker of mine.
     
  9. awd4cy

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    Or just getting in a river with a bunch of animal ****.
     
  10. Farnsworth

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    Floating the skunk is the bomb. I really want to get back to Ames for a trip this year. Guess I should wait until the levels go down a bit. Will make me double think going over the small dam though.
     
  11. isufbcurt

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    We canoe the skunk often. Once a couple years ago we did it when it was like it is now, that will never happen again. We knew it was higher than normal but the skunk isn't really that deep so we didn't think nothing of it. But we quickly found out it wasnt the depth it was the current speed. We now only go when it is at normal levels, which kind of sucks because you get stuck on sandbars alot.
     
  12. JP4CY

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    Shocking. I haven't seen the Skunk lately but that river is pretty mellow compared to a lot of other ones. When I've kayaked or tubed that in the past, it seemed SO shallow.
     
  13. sunnysideup

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    More like fish and snakes and the like. I just don't like the idea of letting my a** float in the water while those things are circling around underneath. Plus I'm sure my beer farts could attract quite a few unsavory things...
     
  14. Cycsk

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    Unfortunately, some of the factors that make tubing more fun (decent currents) also make it more dangerous. What do you consider a maximum safe water level for tubing the Skunk?
     
  15. CloneIce

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    I wouldn't tube on the skunk when its high and fast. Lots of snags and things to get hung up on. Tube when the water level is normal.
     
  16. isufbcurt

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    #16 isufbcurt, Jun 19, 2014
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    I really wouldn't look at the depth, I would look at the how fast it is moving. IMO if it is deeper and not moving fast you can be in it, but if it is moving fast stay away.
     
  17. benjay

    benjay Well-Known Member

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    You want to tube in about waist-to-chest-high water. Canoeing you're ok when the water's high if you're somewhat experienced. I wouldn't want to canoe a fast-moving river either, though. It defeats the purpose of a leisurely booze cruise.
     
  18. Wesley

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    Your name is appropriate.:rolleyes:
     
  19. Gunnerclone

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    Shallow does not equal safe. However, the main problem I saw was the tubes that they were using. Wal-Mart inflatables are fine at normal levels and currents but you need one of these for what that river was working with (note my sweet moustachio at the time of the pic) (no that's not really me):

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  20. JSmoove

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    #20 JSmoove, Jun 19, 2014
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    You also need to be aware of the current rushing under beaver dams/tree debris that builds up over time.

    We went a couple years ago when the level was low and we bottomed out on sandbars all day. However, during one stretch we reached some downed tree debris over a deeper part of the river unbeknownst to us. My friends tube got sucked over to this debris as the water was rushing underneath it. The branches popped his tube and pulled it and his sandles off and under the dam. He ended up hanging on for life on a bigger branch until we could reach him and pull him to safety.

    Scared the **** out of us. Be smart about doing this stuff. Especially when boozing.
     

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