Thursday, February 4, 2010

From vacation to near tragedy!

A few days after I returned from San Carlos a good friend invited me and a few others on a boat ride. The river was flooding and it sounded like fun so we readily accepted. He owns what was a very nice jet propelled river boat. We went for a cruise up and down the river for about an hour and then returned home. It was exhilarating. A few hours later he loaded up four other guys and headed out to go exploring. About an hour down river they came to an area where it divided into several several smaller streams. The section he chose had a large tree on one side of it. He was going about 30 miles an hour and it was quite a sharp turn to get through. It was too tight and the boat clipped the tree and flipped over, spilling its frightened riders into the churning cold water. Two guys were trapped in the cabin part of the boat but managed to escape without any harm. The boat rolled down river a few hundred feet and then stopped where you see it in the picture. The water was cold and they were soaking wet, it was late and they were far from home. After hiking through the mountains for several hours, they arrived home. The next day twenty three men on quads headed down blazing a treacherous trial through the mountains to rescue the drowned boat. After three hours of tugging and pulling, we tipped it right side, tied it off and headed for home! Here is a link to some video. More coming soon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVkLq_yrC-4



9 comments:

Bendigo said...

That's terrible...Is everybody recovering ok then?

My fear of drowning just jumped up through my throat as I read this...

Joe Cap said...

This was pretty scary in several ways...almost drowning, being wet in a cold forest, miles from home...sounds like the Lord was looking out for ya'll.
And it worked out so well, you were even able to salvage the boat.
God bless you in your good fortune!

Desertson said...

It was quite the adventure. I took us over three hours just to blaze a trail on 4x4 quads through steep mountains. But we luckily got the boat upright last night because today the river is four feet higher and would have ruined it for sure.

Jhon said...

Crazy...
Did they get the boat back home yet??

amy langford said...

I was one of the worried wives at home wondering why they were taking so long....my husband was one of the ones that got trapped underneath the boat... but other than the scare he got.. he is doing fine, that was for sure an adventure he won't forget...

amy langford said...

My husband and the owner of the boat just left to bring back the motherboard off the boat to see if they can get it to work so that they can drive the boat home instead of figuring out how to bring it home on a trailer... they would have to float it down river a few miles in order to do that.

Bendigo said...

Glad to hear that everybody is doing ok... you are all very blessed indeed

Lisa Marie said...

Good heavens that is terrifying! I am so glad you all are okay. What a tale you all will be able to tell for years to come!

Desertson said...

One thing this river has taught us for sure...respect the turbulent waters, it has no mercy!