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Boaters rescued on Cape Fear River in Chatham County

Posted March 10, 2014

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— A swift water rescue team rescued two boaters stranded on the Cape Fear River near Buckhorn Dam Monday afternoon.


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  • angie27513 Mar 11, 2014

    This happens all the time. Do not go on the rivers in high water if you do not know what you are doing

  • willcarry1 Mar 11, 2014

    The swift water rescue team never charges the people they rescue. It would be like the Fire Dept charging you for putting out a house fire. These swift water rescuers live for this type of rescue, they train hard for it and they love it.

  • Kenny Dunn Mar 11, 2014
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    I'm sure these folks learned a very good lesson the hard way. Glad they made it out OK and gave the local rescuers a chance to practice their trade.

  • baldchip Mar 11, 2014

    This is a dangerous time to be on the river-high water and very, very cold water. That is an Rx for disaster!!

    Sure glad the swift water team was able to reach them in time.

  • itsnews2me Mar 11, 2014

    Send them the bill for the rescue equipment tied up and manhours expended by rescue personnel... they shouldn't have been out there in the first place with the river at that level and the conditions widely communicated.

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 11, 2014

    Glad they made it out Ok. Looks like they got caught up in the logs at the top of Dam and couldn't get the boat out.

  • willcarry1 Mar 11, 2014

    It is easy to underestimate the power of the Cape Fear River at high water. Monday it was running at around 20,000 cubic feet per second. The photograph indicates that these victims were not prepared. 1) They are not wearing wet suits or dry suits, the water is still very cold. 2) They were sitting on the seat rather than on their knees. A dead givaway that they have no whitewater experience.
    The good thing is that they were OK and the swift water rescue team gots some practice.
    I have been a whitewater paddler for over 30 years and have paddled the Haw and Cape Fear more times than I can count. Experienced paddlers have a healthy fear and respect for local rivers at high water. They change character like Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde.

  • capefearriverratt Mar 11, 2014

    all they had to do was paddle to the bank and carry their boat outta the woods. no big deal

  • John Ragan Mar 11, 2014
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    can these "boaters" be held for observation, obviously they are a danger to themselves and others