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I heard a sad story on the news today that someone fishing on the Chilliwack got swept away and drowned, whilst reportedly wearing waders.

His body was recovered near the Vedder Bridge.

Does anyone have any further details or know who it was?

Here's an good article called "Wading Into Debate" from Outdoor Canada Magazine: http://www.outdoorcanada.ca/special/opin_wading_debate.shtml
 

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Sad, especially something SOOOOOOOOOO preventable. I ALWAYS wear my PFD suspenders.
Cheap insurance!!!!!!

Few weeks back I saw some kif (15ish) cross a tricky spot wearing hip boots. Alls this kid had to do was walk upstream about 50 yeard and it would have been ankle deep. Needless to say, he went in, but LUCKILY he got back on his feet. Then the dumba$$ tries to cross not once more, but TWICE :shock:

A sad reminder to us ALL.
 

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Truly sad indeed, I do feel for the family of the fella and my prayers are for them in this time of sorrow that they must be feeling.
I came home from work this afternoon and my partner and I discussed this as she had also heard the news also.
As I told her as an avid fisherman I may see this topic slightly diferent than your average Joe and I understand why on such poor river conditions as we are having and knowing the risks involved that a person such as myself or in this case the fellow in question would take such risks.
I quickly reminded her that God forbid should a similiar accident ever occur while I am out in search of that next big fish that she would take comfort in knowing that I passed away doing something that I love and feel passionate about .
I can think of many worse ways to go!
That said, I hope this gentleman was not one of our many friends here at BCFR and hope that all members of faith would consider the family with prayer in their time of loss and mourning.
 
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I heard this guy was around 73 years old, fishing with his grandson at bourden creek, he sliped or something to that fact and the current took him down, and was found by the vedder crossing bridge
 

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I can only offer my condolscene to his family.
As much as I'd like to offer suggestions as to why and how his death could have been avoided, well, who is to say that he didn't know the dangers he faced??
Sometimes we folks who love the outdoors do things that when we think about them afterwords realize that we perhaps went beyonds the bounds of safety. I've done it many times, and some of those events scare me to think about , but also I realize that they are the events that I will always remember as some of my best times fishing and experincing the great outdoors.
Live is full of humm drum ... but memories are what we should live by and in our old age will cherish. The young folk on this forum haven't had the time to experience all the adventures that we old folks have. So, young uns, don't judge this fellow too harshly, he may very well have known the dangers he faced and decided that he would face them - a brave man perhaps. I don't know. Hopefully, not a newb,
Once again, I offer my condolescence to his family and friends...

Lastly, as has been stated on this site many times in the last little while...Take care!! Live to fish another day...
 

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As I mentioned in another post......BE VERY CAREFUL OUT THERE.....The river beds are very unstable, the visibility is very bad and the river is high. It is very easy to lose your footing under these conditions.....The lower river will have new SILT buildups behind logs and holes that are almost like quicksand......Stay away from these areas..........Until the visibility improves, STAY OUT OF THE WATER!!.....Ortho
 

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Lund-lubber said:
Here's an good article called "Wading Into Debate" from Outdoor Canada Magazine: http://www.outdoorcanada.ca/special/opin_wading_debate.shtml
Lund-lubber I would like to respectivaly disagree with most of the article that was wrote in the link that was posted. Waders are indeed a big factor in river drownings along with heavy fishing vests and fitness of the victim. To quote the article "As long as 60 years ago, legendary fly-fishing pioneer Lee Wulff set out to debunk the air pocket theory by jumping off a bridge in February in a full set of waders." I think anyone that would take the advice of this article is only going to set themselves up with a false sense of confidence. Best advice is don't go in past your knees.
 

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Fishhog lets not be so quick to judge. Yes any accident that occurs where you go into high water levels wearing waders can be prevented. But...without knowing all the details of the story we shouldn't judge. Who's to say this fisherman was wearing waders at the time? Could it have been medical? It is very sad for any family to lose a loved one. Let's be thankful for all the Search and Rescue volunteers who, in such bad conditions, came to this man's aid to try and revive him.
 

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I am very sorry to hear this. Every year we hear stories about drownings and (up here) rattlesnake bites or other issues. I'm always sad to hear them, but if you love being out it's the price you pay to dance with Mother Nature. I'm not saying be reckless -- just the opposite-- but I sure as hell don't want to spend my life inside the house peaking at the world through a slit in the blinds.

It also occurs to me that 50 fishermen are probably killed in auto accidents on their way to the river for every 1 who actually dies fishing.
 

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I have a close friend's father who past away this fall and what do you know he was heading up to the
Chilliwack river to go fishing and had a heart attack. Case in point.
 

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My grandfather happens to be this man you talk about in this post. My grandfather was doing something that he loved on the day that he passed away. He will be missed dearly.

Thank you n4cer for your comments.

My grandfather was NOT WEARING WADERS when he went into the river. He DID NOT DROWN. My grandfather, according to the coroner had a medical event and was dead before he fell forward and into the river. Please save your comments until you know the full details. Then, and only then will your opinions be relavant and worth talking about.

Thanks go out to all of you for your condolances. My family would also wish to thank the search and rescue team for their quick response and recovery of my grandfather. Thank you to all for helping us put some closure on this sad chapter of our lives.
 

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Wiley,

My prayers go out to you and your family in this time of loss.
I guess I jumped the gun on my "WEAR YOUR PFD" soapbox speach. I just ASS :oops: umed that someone had drowned because they we doing something they shouldn't have.
My apologies on that.

God grant that I may live to fish
Until my dying day
And when it comes to my last cast
I then most humbly pray
When in the Lord's safe landing net
I'm peacefully asleep
That in his mercy I be judged
As good enough to keep.
 
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