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PostPosted: August 16th, 2013, 2:36 pm 
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Two men from the community of Lac la Biche died canoeing the Christina River; two others survived.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/ ... river.html

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The second pair of canoeists had no idea anything had happened and followed.
"They said it caught you off guard and swamped you and down goes the boat," Rogers said.
"They were in the water for five to 10 minutes in these rapids. They were utterly exhausted."
Somehow the pair got caught in a current that dragged them near a rising cutoff from the shoreline by the rapidly growing river.
The survivors were rescued hours later by helicopter as the canoeists had been reported overdue that morning.
The men were all avid outdoorsmen and experienced paddlers, Rogers said.
"According to the police it was a little bit of a freak thing of nature where the river just rose so fast. "
Rogers said he understand that the incident happened where two rivers meet and paddlers can expect a short stretch of rapids.
"Instead ... there's miles of rapids — so fast flowing, it's one of those perfect storm scenarios."
None of the men were wearing life jackets though one of the survivors managed to slip his on before falling into the water, he said.

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