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The dangers of extreme kayaking and why a safety plan is so important

Posted at 5:06 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 19:07:02-04

LOWMAN, Idaho — Kayaking is a very dangerous sport and this year several people died on Idaho rivers including a rafter who drowned in Big Falls on the South Fork of the Payette River earlier this summer.

During the summer the flows range from 1200 to 1400 cubic feet per second, but late in September the river was running at 450 cfs.

6 on your Side's Steve Dent, his brother Scott and his sister in law Heidi made one last trip down the canyon stretch in the South Fork.

After looking at Big Falls the two brothers saw a line and Scott styled it, however, Steve did made a costly mistake and what ensued was chaos in a very dangerous rapid.

We wanted to put this video out there because it highlights the importance of having a safety plan on the river.

Check out the video to see what went wrong and how this crew executed their safety plan.

Here is a link to Steve Dent's kayaking video from 2019 that showcases all the work throughout the year leading up to the end of the season.

"If I were to address my biggest mistake it would have been over estimating my abilities," said Steve Dent. "That was really scary and I'm just thankful to come out of that rapid."