It looks safe, but it will kill you

What is it? It’s a stream, an innocuous looking stream.

28 Comments on It looks safe, but it will kill you

  1. Strainers. Undercuts. Sieves.
    As a former whitewater kayaker, you must avoid anything on the river that allows water to pass, but holds you in place. The force of moving water is awesome.
    In September 1999, I watched a man die in a strainer made up of tree branches and large rocks. In spite of the efforts of dozens that day, he could not be rescued in time, so tightly his body was held in that trap.
    RIP, Chris.

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  2. “It looks safe but it will kill you.”

    Sort of like standing at the dessert buffet and not knowing Michael Moore is approaching from behind you, waddling deceptively rapidly.

    You are about to be introduced to the formula Kinetic Energy = (Mv²)/2 when velocity is non-trivial and mass is, um, massive.

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  3. Uncle Al

    Hey, let’s go over there and dredge that shit. Maybe we can find that countries manhood. They’ve seem to have lost it.

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  4. Throw a mannequin in and see what happens…easy experiment to make. Or coconuts in a burlap sealed bag, would be even more of a real simulation.

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  5. Even a small dam on a creek can drag you in to the circulation under the falls. It looks safe to walk across since the water is less than an inch deep as it flows over but it’s usually slick with algae. And never go out in a boat on a flooded river. I’ve known two people who drowned that way.

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  6. Did you notice the strange holes cut into the rocks along the stream. They are called panholes or potholes. They are created when eddy currents spin rocks, gravel and sand in circular motions, which then grind into a rock surface.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panhole
    They take millenia to form.
    I have seen them with rocks in the bottom as large as VWs.

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  7. Like standing on the freeway like a beached whale demanding people stop because you have a more important message to convey than the destination that truck is traveling to.

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  8. More importantly, how is the fishing? I bet there are some real scrapers in that river.

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  9. We have a lot of those types of areas here in the U.S. one I’m familiar with is the Mokelumne River head waters up in Hermit Valley in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, very fast and it can be very cold depending on the time of year.

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  10. There are at least a couple of deaths/drownings every spring during the melt up in the Wasatch Mountains of SLC, UT. People just don’t realize the power of rapidly moving ice cold water.

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  11. “A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned, he said, for he will be going out on a day he shouldn’t. But we do be afraid of the sea, and we do only be drownded now and again.” — John Millington Synge

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  12. He’s not telling the real story. The stream is actually full of highly connected British pedophiles. That’s the real reason it’s so deadly.

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  13. The only way to know if it’s 100% safe is to throw the entire Antifa crowd in there. When they beg for a line just beat ’em down with their own bats until they drown. You’d be doing humanity a behavior.

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  14. I look cute & safe & cuddly. 🥰

    Come riot on MY street though, and the last thing you’ll EVER see, is your own blood, pooling on the street beside you… 😡😡😡

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  15. :Makes note:

    “English peoples greatest natural predator is slowly moving water.”

    What. I’m sure it’ll come in handy at some point.

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  16. Well, I don’t know about the most dangerous. There is a beach on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai that is amazingly dangerous. I’ve hiked to it 3 times. The hike is difficult – but the scenery is sublime.

    But at the end of trail along the coast (the trail goes inland for a few more miles) is a beautiful but deadly beach. There is a board scratched with the number of fatalities – if it is true, there have been 80+ drownings there.

    Once I just sat on the sand and watched the waves come in. They come in from the right and the left and crash in the middle, sending up spouts of water. I don’t know if that’s what makes it dangerous or not.

    But it sure looked dangerous to me.

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  17. It’s all just a scooby doo legend cooked up by….checks notes… OLD MAN MACGUIRE!?!?!?

    I’m sure he would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for some meddling kids. Those river potholes are full of gold, GOLD!!! Stolen from his ancestral home and melted down by the British centuries ago, the mother lode is washed by this stream which carries the bits of gold downstream.

    Case solved, gang!

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