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Walking Eagle Folklore: weirs -finally! (66* d) RE: Folklore: weirs -finally! 29 Feb 04

Everyone knows about the weir on Rattys' beloved river in Wind in the Willows!

Leena and Joe. Columbus, OH laid a large ( must have been a 32 incher ) storm drainage pipe in the Olentangy River about a half a block from my house. One day after a storm a canoeist, his boy, and their dog decided to shoot the weir. They hit at a VERY SLIGHT angle and got caught in the undertow behind the weir. All had PDFs on, even the dog. They were experienced canoeists. Only the dog survived. My unit was called out to the rescue and we lashed up ourselves with heavy rope, sling belts, and heavy blocks and pulleys on each side of the river. The rescuers had instructions to pull like hell on the pulleys should one of us go down. I went down and, thanks to trained rescuers, was pulled back up. We got the dad out of his death roll and put him on our floating sled to be pulled to shore. His son had gotten caught on a submerged log and we couldn't get him out until two weeks later. The poor dog was in a panic, nudging his owner trying to revive him. We had to tie up the Lab as he tied a number of times to swim out to his other owner. As long as I live, I'll never forget that day.

SRS, If you get BEHIND your weir to clear trash, your nick name should be 'Silly' instead of Stilly. Maybe yours isn't very big. It certainly isn't round like a drainage pipe, so you are somewhat safer. But why mess with things? We'd like to have you on the 'cat for a long while. We like you too much to have something like this happen to you!

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