“Almost” Deschutes Tragedy

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  1. John Dougher

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    Wow, yeah, nice move on the fisherman's part.
     
  3. Robert Engleheart

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    Anyone on the Deschutes (or any water) without a PFD is a fool. You always think it'll be the other guy.
     
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    Why anyone would be on a river as powerful as the Deschutes without a pfd id totally beyond me. I've been bucked out of a raft on a couple occasions on this river. I still struggled with a good pfd. I also wear one while surf fishing on the coast. Every year we hear of surf fishermen or wave jumpers getting sucked into an under tow. Give yourself a chance to survive. Wear the damn pfd's!:rofl::ray1:
     
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    I understand the Deschutes is all C&R for drowning boaters now, so no one carries a gaff anymore.
     
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    Water 'doesn't care,' especially moving water. We've already (since January) lost (IMS) 6 people on the Rogue. The last two at Blossom Bar ... and they did have PFD's on at the time.
     
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    Yep, especially get them on your kids when you have them along the river bank. It just takes a second.
     
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    Couldn't get the link today.
     
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    Yup, the page is gone.
     
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    That's because the post and article are from 2008.
     
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    Well, okay. That's explains a lot.
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I usually look at the dates on posts. It didn't have very many replies, so I thought is was new.

    People should not play with peoples minds this way.
     
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    Jim this reminded me of something my Mom used to say about a friend of mine when I was in Junior High School "If he had a brain he'd have it out playing with it"
    Only you can play with your mind!
    jesse
     
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    IIRC back in the late 70s and early 80s, there was a fellow that did salvage on the Deschutes river, around Oh Shit Rock, with a moniker of River Angel. At least I read about him in some of the publications at the time. Anybody recall him or if he was just a journalistic myth?
     
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    Well that is good to know. I recall an article of him with an aluminum drift boat that was folded almost double and he salvaged it out with a series of cables and wires. I understand that he gave the owner a choice of paying for the salvage or if he declined, Mark got to keep the boat under salvage law and he would hammer them out and resell them.
    Not certain of the validity of my memory tho.

    Thanks for the update.
     
  17. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    that's a big freaking motor...

    Whitehorse is not something I'd want to run in a hard boat...
     
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    I rode through it with a guide many years ago. He was good. Very good.
    We caught fish, boy howdy we caught fish.
     
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    I watched two boats, one after another, break oars going into the worst part of Blossom Bar. One was sucked under and annihilated, the other barely made it through. Than it was my boat's turn. I was more than a little scared.

    Shis happens on rivers. I respect them and wear a PFD if there is anything like a rapid.
     
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    Several years ago and I can't remember how many, there was a display of an aluminum drift boat near the entrance of the southern road out of Maupin. Whoever salvaged the boat, which was nearly folded in half, had set it up on a base about a quarter mile down river from the entrance, I presume to remind boaters what could happen if they were unprepared or unqualified to drift the Deschutes. It's gone now but I won't soon forget it. It appeared to be a near new boat and I for the life of me, can't imagine fishing the Deschutes without some sort of PFD. I usually wear a set of inflatable suspenders and I don't wade deep.
     

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