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Caution - Spring Rain - Water Levels on Rivers

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  • willi
    Please be careful and conservative.....you can always paddle another day.....be honest with yourself & your skills/abilities/equipment
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 20, 2009
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      Please be careful and conservative.....you can always paddle another day.....be honest with yourself & your skills/abilities/equipment


      Crafts overturned in Huron River -- Saturday
      Sunday, April 19, 2009
      The Ann Arbor News

      Ann Arbor firefighters rescued a man and a woman from a railroad bridge pylon in the Huron River after their kayaks overturned Saturday, fire Battalion Chief Robert Vogel said.

      Two other people whose kayaks overturned were able to get themselves out of the water, Vogel said.

      The firefighters first were called to the University of Michigan's Mitchell Field on Fuller Road at about 2:30 p.m., where they found four empty kayaks and broken paddles, but no people, Vogel said.

      The firefighters then began searching upstream until they found the two people on a concrete railroad bridge pylon near Nichols Drive, Vogel said.

      Firefighters had to go onto the railroad bridge, lower a ladder and help the people up the ladder, Vogel said.

      The kayakers were treated by personnel from Huron Valley Ambulance, Vogel said. He was not sure if they were taken to a hospital.

      Ann Arbor Recreation Department personnel found the other two kayakers, Vogel said. The kayaks had been rented from the Ann Arbor Recreation Department, he said.


      Below is a newspaper article concerning the kayaker who drowned in the U.P. on Friday..

      L'ANSE - A Houghton man is dead after a kayaking accident that occurred on the Silver River in Baraga County Friday evening.
      Richard Honrath Jr., 47, was pronounced dead at Baraga Memorial Hospital.
      Baraga County Sheriff's deputies went to the Silver River in L'Anse Township, shortly after 8:20 p.m. to assist a kayaker who was reportedly "pinned against a tree."
      Deputies found Honrath pinned under a tree in fast-moving rapids. He was pulled from the water and taken to the hospital.
      Honrath and his partner, Dave Bullock, 38, of downstate St. Johns had entered the Silver River about two miles upstream from where the incident occurred.
      Bullock told police that Honrath had rolled and was separated from his kayak. Bullock attempted a rescue with a throw rope, but all attempts failed.
      According to Bullock, he and Honrath had been kayaking together for about 15 years and were familiar with the Silver River.
      The L'Anse Fire Department, Bay Ambulance, Keweenaw Bay Tribal Police and the L'Anse and Baraga village police departments assisted with the incident.

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