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Barker: Respecting Whitewater Again

Floating the Boise River is a great way to spend a hot weekend afternoon with the family. When done right, it’s safe and easy. But as the Boise Fire Dive Team found out last month, it can turn hazardous fast. The dive team’s raft capsized as its members were rescuing two girls stranded on a log near Veterans Memorial Park bridge. It all turned out well, in part because of the team’s skills and the life jackets the girls were wearing. I, too, was reminded recently of how quick a leisurely float can turn into a similarly scary episode. I also saw the cooperative spirit of rafters and other floaters when one of their own gets into trouble. I was floating in my fishing pontoon boat that I had recently patched. It was the shake-down cruise before I went back to evening fishing floats that I had not done for years. The float started out OK/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

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Question: Have you ever had a near drowning experience?

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INW News: Still Enjoying Whitewater

Three rafts bounce through Wolf Creek Rapid on the Selway River in 2005. This year's higher-than-average flows are attracting rafters and kayakers to the Selway's post-permit rafting season, which started Monday Lewiston Tribune story here. (Idaho Department of Fish & Game via Lewiston Tribune)

Question: When did you last raft down a river?

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