I doubt the family will be billed as a matter of compassion but its NH law that you can be assessed for rescue costs if you are found negligent in preparation. That has been on the books for many years.I don't disagree at all and not trying to get people upset. Iam just saying fining people for rescues can be a real slippery slope.
I'm sure they were both shell-shocked and not thinking clearly. Swimming in cold water will do that to you if you are unprepared. But I agree that with the benefit of hindsight, an experienced canoeist should have been able to make a front ferry over to the dad. This is most visible at 2:42 (when he's walking the canoe right after the capsize). The water there looks calm and pretty slow. It looks like he could have emptied the water, re-launched right then and there and done an easy front ferry across to his dad (who you can see at 3:21 isn't very far away). The current doesn't look that strong. Then after getting his dad dry and warm they could have ferried back across the calm part and portaged down past the fast moving water / waves you can see at 7:05.Experienced canoeists that can't ferry across a river?
I can see that but the one time I dumped in cold water - Quetico in October - I am still surprised how clear it is and how we reacted. Maybe it's just the self preservation instincts. But I don't think I would have ever thought to video it. And the one time I even considered hitting the SOS (my son said he'd be too embarrassed) in fact we would not have perished, so persevered in the dark of night.I'm sure they were both shell-shocked and not thinking clearly.
I also noticed that the capsize resulted in an equipment yard sale
That's an excellent point and may explain why the guy wasn't able to make a rescue attempt himself.A lot of flat water lake trippers have little to no experience reading, paddling or performing rescues in swift water and rapids. That would appear to include this pair.
A lot of flat water lake trippers have little to no experience reading, paddling or performing rescues in swift water and rapids. That would appear to include this pair.
That's an excellent point and may explain why the guy wasn't able to make a rescue attempt himself.
The son had at least one paddle, for at 6:52 he says he paddled to shore.
He does say that. I think he meant he swam to shore with the canoe. His comments in a reply on YouTube says his dad had the paddles.