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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Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:52 am 02 Mar 12

The man from the ESA is on the radio now saying “stop doing stupid activities” in direct reference to this video. Naughty kiddies!

Thumper Thumper 10:44 am 02 Mar 12

sigh…

As someone who was in the first search team into Grantham after the QLD floods, I just don’t know what to say when people play in flooded creeks and rivers.

All fun and games until some gets whacked by an underwater obstacle, dragged under, washed away. You know, kind of dead sort of….

Sandman Sandman 10:33 am 02 Mar 12

Have a look at the other rafting videos on youtube. Those rivers aren’t in flood yet there’s more water, more rocks, more fall. This is dangerous just because it’s a “flood”? It’s a steady stream of water, not flash flooding. People drown because they underestimate their abilities. Most of these guys have obviously been rafting before and know the deal. Let them make the best of the situation.

Disinformation Disinformation 10:17 am 02 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

My oath. Maybe their parents didn’t wrap them in sufficient cotton wool, and they still know how to have fun. The next generation won’t, they’ll stand there and film things with their phones, but that’ll be it.

There’s a difference between activities that have a history of killing people and activities that appear to be dangerous, but aren’t.

Playing in floodwaters is not playing in the river. There seems to be some sort of mental incapacitation when water turns up somewhere that it usually isn’t.

If the emergency services were prevented from rescuing people who wilfully disregarded common sense and warnings, it would be considered natural selection. I wonder who would be screaming about that?

Play in the pool. Raft down rapids.

Stay out of flood waters.

Cotton wool doesn’t excuse common sense.

phototext phototext 10:11 am 02 Mar 12

Looks fun…. dangerous, but fun.

p1 p1 10:07 am 02 Mar 12

Knowing the big stone blocks that are somewhere under that water, I can’t help but think they should be wearing helmets (and PFDs).

Apart from that, looks awesome fun. And really, down stream there is nothing but progressive lower gradient creek and then a lake, so in the general scheme of things it isn’t that bad. Gotta be safer then operating a motor vehicle with all the other muppets on the road.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 9:58 am 02 Mar 12

Ah, the innocent days of studenthood. Oxford has the Isis, Cambridge the Cam, and Canberra…

Beside the river make for you
A tunnel of green gloom, and sleep
Deeply above; and green and deep
The stream mysterious glides beneath,
Green as a dream and deep as death.

To smell the thrilling-sweet and rotten
Unforgettable, unforgotten
River-smell, and hear the breeze
Sobbing in the little trees.
Say, do the elm-clumps greatly stand
Still guardians of that holy land?
The chestnuts shade, in reverend dream,
The yet unacademic stream?

Instant Mash Instant Mash 9:45 am 02 Mar 12

Gotta make the most of it, right?

poetix poetix 9:33 am 02 Mar 12

‘Why can’t fellows be allowed to do what they like when they like and as they like, instead of other fellows sitting on banks and watching them all the time and making remarks and poetry and things about them?’ Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

It’s the references to Toad and a rat that made me remember that!

EvanJames EvanJames 9:12 am 02 Mar 12

Watson said :

Disinformation said :

Yes, they’re laughing about it at this point, but now you know how idiots get killed in floodwater. Exactly the same sort of behaviour ends up as bodies found later on.

Ooh, students disobeying the authorites, Who’d have thunk?

I’m glad someone is making the most of a bad situation and it looks like heaps of fun. Tad cold though.

My oath. Maybe their parents didn’t wrap them in sufficient cotton wool, and they still know how to have fun. The next generation won’t, they’ll stand there and film things with their phones, but that’ll be it.

Jethro Jethro 8:19 am 02 Mar 12

Watson said :

Disinformation said :

Yes, they’re laughing about it at this point, but now you know how idiots get killed in floodwater. Exactly the same sort of behaviour ends up as bodies found later on.

Ooh, students disobeying the authorites, Who’d have thunk?

I’m glad someone is making the most of a bad situation and it looks like heaps of fun. Tad cold though.

Sure. As long as they don’t expect SES volunteers to risk their lives rescuing them if things go wrong.

Bec ause no-one has ever come to grief playing in flooded creeks.

Watson Watson 8:00 am 02 Mar 12

Disinformation said :

Yes, they’re laughing about it at this point, but now you know how idiots get killed in floodwater. Exactly the same sort of behaviour ends up as bodies found later on.

Ooh, students disobeying the authorites, Who’d have thunk?

I’m glad someone is making the most of a bad situation and it looks like heaps of fun. Tad cold though.

Disinformation Disinformation 7:05 am 02 Mar 12

Yes, they’re laughing about it at this point, but now you know how idiots get killed in floodwater. Exactly the same sort of behaviour ends up as bodies found later on.

pptvb pptvb 6:43 am 02 Mar 12

OzChick said :

lobster said :

But I always think – who knows what is on the bottom there?

Well, who knows what’s in that storm water? Effluent?

Going by the RANK stench there yesterday, I’d say a fair bit.

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 5:10 am 02 Mar 12

I’m not surprised that it takes the intellect of a university student to disobey the warnings issued by the SES. Stay out of flooded creeks and rivers during flash flooding and you won’t get swept away. Sure it might look like fun now, but when someone drowns under that murky runoff, they’ll be mourned as a hero, a sensible, top of their class student with a bright future.
Don’t go whining to the authorities when you capture the moment with your i-phone, when your mate is drowning. Don’t go posting it all up on a Facebook memorial with all the fanfare of a war hero. Use you brains and prevent a tragic death before it happens!

OzChick OzChick 12:25 am 02 Mar 12

lobster said :

But I always think – who knows what is on the bottom there?

Well, who knows what’s in that storm water? Effluent?

lobster lobster 12:04 am 02 Mar 12

I have always thought of and wanted to do this when the storm water gets really high.
But I always think – who knows what is on the bottom there?

Chop71 Chop71 12:02 am 02 Mar 12

Back in my day, I was bitten by a Sullies Rat

arescarti42 arescarti42 11:24 pm 01 Mar 12

Looks like a lot of fun.

Interestingly, one piece of advice my science tutor gave the group when I was a first year student was don’t go throwing people in to the creek, because it is a really good way to get very sick.

Hopefully she was wrong.

    johnboy johnboy 11:32 pm 01 Mar 12

    I think the water flow rate today is better than average

EvanJames EvanJames 11:09 pm 01 Mar 12

How awesome is that? I lived in Toad for a bit, and used to watch the creek go up, but never thought of rafting on it.

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