- Mar 25, 2009
- Portland area
I just have to mention here that I witnessed quite a chilling and scary scene on the Clack today. I was fishing a popular tail-out right above some serious rapids that the locals call 'the minefield' that runs about 1/8 mile. 3 overweight and drunk men were anchored up above this piece of dangerous water and were yelling and screaming at anyone that casted near their 'honey hole'. I think several of the guys on the bank were saying 'instant karma' under their breath LOL. They had no lifejackets on or even accessible in the small boat. It was a recipe for disaster..... the men sloppily sloshed water over one side of the boat and that was it. They attempted to correct it by rocking the other way and the boat began to sink FAST. 2 of the men were whisked downstream and through the length of the 'minefield' while one of them made a quick swim for shore. The Clackamas River Rescue team was there in about 15 minutes and quickly retrieved the men that didn't make it to shore immediately. It was a very sobering and harsh reminder that if you are careless and irresponsible.....mother nature will hand you a hard lesson at times. The obvious lesson here is....don't drink and boat. Also a BONUS lesson...life jackets are a nice invention.