by radfordc » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:24 pm
Well, I almost porked the pooch this morning.
I was motoring down the Kansas river by myself going to a spot that I had seen some geese earlier in the week. I was almost there when I found the river blocked with ice. The ice jam was only a 100 yards or so wide and the ice looked rotten. I bulled through and almost made it...I ended up with the boat sitting on solid ice about 30 yards from the open water. I knew that there was only one way off the ice...get out and push the boat back the way I had come. The ice was really solid where I was stuck, but it wasn't that way everywhere. I got out and made sure that I had a good hold on the boat and tried to keep most of my weight on the boat. Sure enough I was able to shift the boat back off the ice but it was slow and hard. Suddenly, the ice I was standing on gave way and I found myself hanging off the side of the boat in deep water. I won't say that I thought I was going to die, but I damn sure knew I was in trouble. I tried to pull myself up into the boat but I'm too old and fat and out of shape. I saw that the stern of the boat was still on solid ice so I pulled myself toward the ice and was able to get my weight onto the ice and climb back in the boat. Once I was back inside I just sat there for a long time letting the adrenaline level come back down to normal before I started the engine and made it back out to open water.
radfordc (aka) Charlie ; This was your post from the thread "Scary Hunts" . Now just imagine instead of an experienced hunter and knowledgeable river-man dealing with a situation like that it was a inexperienced teenager in a kayak . It is a recipe for disaster.