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Runaway Dinghy

A group of young fellows were carrying rubber rafts to a launching spot along a river.  One smartass decided to throw his off the bridge right beforehand.  I don't think he stopped to think about the swift current. He swam more than a km. up the river with a buddy running back along the road looking for a place he could also jump in. I watched the small dinghy roll and roll in the wind and got several shots but chose one to include the dude having a little rest.

 

Hang on to your dinghy till you're ready to get in it.

Runaway Dinghy

A group of young fellows were carrying rubber rafts to a launching spot along a river.  One smartass decided to throw his off the bridge right beforehand.  I don't think he stopped to think about the swift current. He swam more than a km. up the river with a buddy running back along the road looking for a place he could also jump in. I watched the small dinghy roll and roll in the wind and got several shots but chose one to include the dude having a little rest.

 

Hang on to your dinghy till you're ready to get in it.

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Jul 2012, 01:02
Thank you, Mary...I'll remember this rule, just in case I am tempted to fling my rubber dinghy in the water.

[grin]
Mary MacADNski: With our advanced age, we have learned a few things, Ray.
Wise advice! Can be used as a metaphor for many of life's situations I think!
Mary MacADNski: We can always learn something new to improve our situation.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Jul 2012, 07:13
Let's hope he managed to recapture it!
Mary MacADNski: He had just started swimming again after the rest but the dinghy was still rolling toward town. It would have ended up in a marina and then easy to get.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Jul 2012, 07:24
Let's hope the "smartass" learned a lesson that day! in the meantime, happy Boat Friday! smile
Mary MacADNski: He learned to swim hard anyway.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Jul 2012, 09:36
I like this tranquil scene and the large space of river water in this composition. I have the feel you were swimming in the river, too. Intersting to read your writing!
Mary MacADNski: I was trying to drive past the boys who were carrying several of these rubber boats down the road. They were not moving to the side to let me pass so I saw everything as it happened. Even his friends were laughing at his stupidity.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 13 Jul 2012, 10:04
Indeed for it is also a life raft.
Mary MacADNski: It is only a one person dinghy. They were carrying a very large one too.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Jul 2012, 10:09
Good job he wasn't on the coast Mary he would have never got it back there.
Mary MacADNski: Exactly. They were not too far from a marina which is where this would end up if they did not get it in time.
Isn't the water cold there?
Mary MacADNski: Not at all. The ocean water is usually about 18 degrees in summer and water in rivers like this would be much warmer.
Most of accidents occur this way. I'm astonished at the kind of things people do without thinking further. Good advice Mary and eloquent picture!
Mary MacADNski: I had to laugh. We all learn things at this age from stupid things we do. He will never do such a thing again..
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Jul 2012, 11:28
This conjures up all sorts of stories, Mary
Mary MacADNski: Yes but in truth it was typical young teenage boys fooling around, sorry later, I'm sure.
I love your composition. Great story! Mary. A lake would of been a different story. But a river, very unpredictable.
Mary MacADNski: It was only a short distance from a marina. He was showing off but guess he would be sorry after that.
Well he won't do that again....unless he is really dimgrin
Mary MacADNski: Exactly. I don't have a clew why he would think it would float against the current.
There's always one idiot in every crowd.
Mary MacADNski: I think you nailed it, as usual, |Brian.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Jul 2012, 18:04
Shame, he just didn't jump quick enough from the bridge. Reminds me of new years day cavorting we did way back.
Mary MacADNski: Kids do play on boats here, grow up around them. Even if you live in the city you're only a friend or relative away from the sea.
Unfortunately it does often happen Mary!
Fine observation.
Mary MacADNski: He threw it over the bank himself, silly boy. I guess he thought it was going yo float against the current.
Did he manage to catch it?
Mary MacADNski: I don't know. Eventually it would have ended up at a marina and someone would grab it.
Oh well, everybody got a laugh at his expense, anyway. Fun picture, Mary.
Mary MacADNski: Yes, it was funny to me, for sure.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Jul 2012, 22:10
Oh dear! Hopefully he won't do that again in a hurry! I hope he's a strong swimmer.
Mary MacADNski: He was a good swimmer but the rubber/plastic craft was going way faster, flipping over and over, than he was. His friend was running back up the road, looking for a place to get in too. I had been following them and their three boats. They were walking in the street and making it hard to get by.
Lots of accidents happen with these things, especially with sea currents.
Mary MacADNski: Yes, though living on an island most kids are boat smart and responsible. My three grown kids are proficient in boats and grew up around the water. There ware three boats, the other two much bigger than this small one man one. They were in town limits too and seen from the bridge and marina. Now if I were to get on one alone, I it would be as you described. LOL

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