Rafting sullies style

johnboy 1 March 2012 66

It’s an ill wind that blows no good.

While the rains have been a huge inconvenience to many, and crushed the dreams of others, a surprising number of ANU students were able to grab rubber rafts and make merry on Sullivans Creek.

Thanks to Gus929 for the tip.

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Jethro Jethro 9:54 pm 03 Mar 12

HenryBG said :

Some people are completely averse to risk.

Like climate change deniers!

Seriously though HenryBG, pretty much every time there is a flood there are people who need to be rescued because of their own dimwitedness (whether it is people playing in flood waters, or people trying to cross flooded roads in their cars).

It is easy to say there is risk associated with everything in life, and we should therefore not condemn these people, but as with every type of risk, it is a matter of risk versus benefit. The simple fact is the risks from playing in storm waters outweigh the benefits of playing in them.

I don’t give a crap about the people who play in the storm water. If they want to risk their lives, that’s their prerogative. However, every time someone gets stuck in storm waters, people need to put themselves at serious risk to save them. It is a selfish action, in which a few minutes of fun can quickly turn into a situation where a rescue worker needs to put themselves on the line in order to save someone who is in a situation that was easily avoidable. It shouldn’t be applauded or even simply dismissed as harmless fun.

HenryBG HenryBG 6:31 pm 03 Mar 12

dpm said :

HenryBG said :

…Imagine people taking risks! AND having *FUN*! How awful! Somebody should *do* something.

Driving really fast over the speed limit is taking risks is *FUN*. I suppose the only difference is in a car you have a higher chance of killing someone else too…?

Motor racing, hang gliding, rock climbing, heli skiing, solo round-the-world yachting, drinking a bottle of bourbon in one sitting, it’s all bloody dangerous, and it all puts others at risk (rescuers, bystanders, etc..)

Some people are completely averse to risk. They want to live their cocooned suburban life without ever seeing or hearing anything risky.

I suppose it takes all sorts, but I say you should live and let live instead of trying to make other people miserable by trying to impose your personal and peculiar values on them.

Now, where’s that bottle of JD got to….

dpm dpm 6:26 pm 03 Mar 12

HenryBG said :

…Imagine people taking risks! AND having *FUN*! How awful! Somebody should *do* something.

Driving really fast over the speed limit is taking risks is *FUN*. I suppose the only difference is in a car you have a higher chance of killing someone else too…?

HenryBG HenryBG 5:23 pm 03 Mar 12

Sandman said :

Disinformation said :

Sandman said :

Most of these guys have obviously been rafting before and know the deal.

You can tell their level of rafting experience AND what is inside their heads just by watching?

I’m going to have to ask by what criteria you’ve made this amazing judgement.
Was it their paddling techniques?
Their choice of watercraft?
Their personal floatation devices and protective headwear.

If there is nothing specific which leads me to believe that you have no super powers of observation towards judging boating experience level, I’m just going to have to put it out there that you’re full of crap and can’t actually justify your statement.

Looks like a bunch of no idea kids having potentially dangerous fun to me.

It was none of those criteria and no super powers of observation. I simply asked one of them. It’s amazing what you can find out when you don’t sit around at home cursing the world for being adventurous.

You can never beat the fun police: they are Right, because they are self-righteous.

Imagine people taking risks! AND having *FUN*! How awful! Somebody should *do* something.

shauno shauno 12:51 pm 03 Mar 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Oh good. I was wondering what had happened to ‘Annoyingly Loud Slightly Forced Attention Seeking Laughter Guy’.

We had a creek that ran between our property and the next. It was full of tractor parts, tyres, branches and rocks, and spanned at head height by barbed wire fences. When it flooded we’d hop in and lie down, luge style, and shoot like a rocket through the twisting banks. When you got to a fence you’d have to quickly exhale and sink so you’d slip under the wire. We should have died a thousand times over, but the worst seemed to be a few nasty gashes (no stitches) and some very painful tropical ear infections.

The good old days. Like when I was about 10 or 12 I hired a cricket pitch roller to make our own turf pitch on Melba oval we got the roller there in the back of a taxi paid for by a turkey raffle fund.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 11:15 am 03 Mar 12

Oh good. I was wondering what had happened to ‘Annoyingly Loud Slightly Forced Attention Seeking Laughter Guy’.

We had a creek that ran between our property and the next. It was full of tractor parts, tyres, branches and rocks, and spanned at head height by barbed wire fences. When it flooded we’d hop in and lie down, luge style, and shoot like a rocket through the twisting banks. When you got to a fence you’d have to quickly exhale and sink so you’d slip under the wire. We should have died a thousand times over, but the worst seemed to be a few nasty gashes (no stitches) and some very painful tropical ear infections.

shauno shauno 9:04 am 03 Mar 12

First time ive seen that there. I use to go lilo riding down the Cotter river though ages ago.

Futureproof Futureproof 10:33 pm 02 Mar 12

Instant Mash said :

Gotta make the most of it, right?

Except when they smash the heads in wearing no helmets and your taxes and mine have to pay for their years of rehabilitation

LSWCHP LSWCHP 9:56 pm 02 Mar 12

An old army mate of mine, probably about 50 years of age, is now a swiftwater rescue qualified firie in QLD. Last year him and one of his mates rescued some some people during the floods up there. They had a backup plan before they went in the water. The plan was that he dialed his headquarters and hung up immediately. He then passed the phone to a bystander and said “If we get swept away, press redial and tell whoever answers that a family and two crewmen have been lost.” Magnificent courage and balls of steel.

Knowing how insanely dangerous it was, they voluntarily went into the water because duty called. One of the children in the family was swept away and drowned, but the others were saved.

This is what I thought of when I saw these arsehats in action. I hope that no swiftwater rescue qualified ACT firie ends up handing someone a phone because of fools like this, and saying ‘If we get swept away…”

Sandman Sandman 9:52 pm 02 Mar 12

Disinformation said :

Sandman said :

Most of these guys have obviously been rafting before and know the deal.

You can tell their level of rafting experience AND what is inside their heads just by watching?

I’m going to have to ask by what criteria you’ve made this amazing judgement.
Was it their paddling techniques?
Their choice of watercraft?
Their personal floatation devices and protective headwear.

If there is nothing specific which leads me to believe that you have no super powers of observation towards judging boating experience level, I’m just going to have to put it out there that you’re full of crap and can’t actually justify your statement.

Looks like a bunch of no idea kids having potentially dangerous fun to me.

It was none of those criteria and no super powers of observation. I simply asked one of them. It’s amazing what you can find out when you don’t sit around at home cursing the world for being adventurous.

Alderney Alderney 8:41 pm 02 Mar 12

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Ben_Dover said :

Some Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I prefer the Iron Maiden cover version

What cover version? Steve Harris’ 13 1/2 minute epic has two four line quotes from the Coleridge poem; and one of those is the spoken word part of the song.

I cannot avow such Blasphemy to go unchallenged.

p1 p1 8:22 pm 02 Mar 12

c_c said :

Look I’m no fan of the nanny state around floods these days with cops stopping you going within 500m of a gated level crossing….

He he, I snuck past the traffic control guy and went down to Coppins Crossing for a look this afternoon. Three cops were their having a look themselves. 🙂

Alderney Alderney 6:36 pm 02 Mar 12

When rafting/kyaking etc. you should always aim for the v in the water. This is the deepest part of the waterway. Notice that those who raft more to the right (as the rafters are travelling) stay on and those who are closer to the bank gets bucked off.

Also, you need to travel faster than the water i.e. paddle, otherwise you are at its mercy. If you travel faster than the water you are in control.

Looks like good fun, wish I had a roof rack to throw the old polo bat on the car.

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 6:21 pm 02 Mar 12

If they get out themselves, good luck, but why risk other lives to save deadsh!ts from their own stupidity?

c_c c_c 6:04 pm 02 Mar 12

Look I’m no fan of the nanny state around floods these days with cops stopping you going within 500m of a gated level crossing, but what’s happening in this video is just stupid. A bunch of total ignorant arseholes. Look at this: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw-ambulance-helicopter-paramedic-mick-wilson-died-after-winch-line-in-rescue-operation-in-kangaroo-valley-was-cut/story-e6freuy9-1226230364369 and then look at this http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/man-23-drowns-trying-to-swim-yarra-river/story-e6frf7jo-1226114525302

Stupidy like this can kill you, and can kill those who try to help.

milkman milkman 5:46 pm 02 Mar 12

Looks like good fun. If one of them is injured or dies, well, they knew what they were doing and no real sympathy from me.

dpm dpm 4:33 pm 02 Mar 12

Thumper said :

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

‘Twas about seven o’clock at night,
And the wind it blew with all its might,
And the rain came pouring down,
And the dark clouds seem’d to frown,
And the Demon of the air seem’d to say-
“I’ll blow down the Bridge of Tay.”

“My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought, cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives!”

There. That’s *my* classic contribution to the literary arts, regarding water/floods! Hahahahaha! Put that in your poetry pipe and smoke it! 🙂

Chop71 Chop71 4:32 pm 02 Mar 12

Henry82 said :

Just got this email.
——————-

Good afternoon

Yesterday ANU Security attended Sullivans Creek to ask a number of people to immediately stop ‘rafting’ down the flooded waterway. The police were called, but the people undertaking this dangerous activity dispersed before police attendance was required.

This is a highly irresponsible activity in the circumstances. Swimming and playing in and around swollen creeks and rivers is very dangerous. People must heed the warnings issued by the Emergency Services Agency, as well as ANU security.

Sullivans Creek is, at the moment, full of muddy storm water with strong currents. It also has many hidden hazards, such as fallen tree branches and rocks, as well as floating debris. The people involved in yesterday’s actions are extremely lucky they did not cause themselves, or others coming to their aid, serious injury or worse.

Further rain is forecast for this weekend. ANU Security will be monitoring use of Sullivans Creek over the weekend given the potential for repeat flooding.

May I take this opportunity to thank all staff and students who are taking appropriate precautions in the current conditions. I hope you all stay safe and dry over the weekend.

Regards

Ian Young

Vice-Chancellor

lol, WTF are security going to do. not like they will be able to catch them.
Next students will be wearing balaclavas so they don’t get their enrollments cancelled.

Henry82 Henry82 4:12 pm 02 Mar 12

Just got this email.
——————-

Good afternoon

Yesterday ANU Security attended Sullivans Creek to ask a number of people to immediately stop ‘rafting’ down the flooded waterway. The police were called, but the people undertaking this dangerous activity dispersed before police attendance was required.

This is a highly irresponsible activity in the circumstances. Swimming and playing in and around swollen creeks and rivers is very dangerous. People must heed the warnings issued by the Emergency Services Agency, as well as ANU security.

Sullivans Creek is, at the moment, full of muddy storm water with strong currents. It also has many hidden hazards, such as fallen tree branches and rocks, as well as floating debris. The people involved in yesterday’s actions are extremely lucky they did not cause themselves, or others coming to their aid, serious injury or worse.

Further rain is forecast for this weekend. ANU Security will be monitoring use of Sullivans Creek over the weekend given the potential for repeat flooding.

May I take this opportunity to thank all staff and students who are taking appropriate precautions in the current conditions. I hope you all stay safe and dry over the weekend.

Regards

Ian Young

Vice-Chancellor

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