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Willow Lake accident

Postby grand806 » Sat May 26, 2012 10:58 am

Anybody have any solid info on boating accident at Willow Lake (Crestones) Friday May,25th?
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Re: Willow Lake accident

Postby jdorje » Sat May 26, 2012 11:21 am

There is a canoe up there, that's been there for nearly a year I believe, complete with a couple of paddles. With the wind the way it is (I was up there Wednesday) I didn't think it was safe to go out on the lake solo.
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Re: Willow Lake accident

Postby MountainDawg » Sat May 26, 2012 5:27 pm

I had seen that cannoe up there last year. I found it entertaining that someone carried it up there.

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Re: Willow Lake accident

Postby schrund » Sun May 27, 2012 4:39 pm

I remember talking to folks at the Crestone Music fest last year about that boat, it was well known locally who carried up there and they never intended to carry it back out~
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Re: Willow Lake accident

Postby Stevo » Mon May 28, 2012 11:49 am

There was a group of Outward Bound instructors doing training. I talked to one who was waiting for SAR and he told me that a guy and a girl took the canoe out the night before. He said they were a young couple from Breckenridge and that he fell out of the canoe and drowned. Not sure what the winds were like Friday night but they were horrendous on Saturday AM.

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Re: Willow Lake accident

Postby jdorje » Wed May 30, 2012 10:21 am

http://crestoneeagle.com/2012/05/30/man-drowns-in-willow-lake-canoe-accident/

A sad story. Winds were pretty bad on Friday.

What are the health concerns of having a dead body at the bottom of the lake?
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Re: Willow Lake accident

Postby Theodore » Wed May 30, 2012 10:27 am

jdorje wrote:http://crestoneeagle.com/2012/05/30/man-drowns-in-willow-lake-canoe-accident/

A sad story. Winds were pretty bad on Friday.

What are the health concerns of having a dead body at the bottom of the lake?


At that temp? I would put it close to zero.

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Re: Willow Lake accident

Postby tmathews » Wed May 30, 2012 10:30 am

jdorje wrote:http://crestoneeagle.com/2012/05/30/man-drowns-in-willow-lake-canoe-accident/

A sad story. Winds were pretty bad on Friday.

What are the health concerns of having a dead body at the bottom of the lake?


Really sad. I don't know if I would go out on a boat if I didn't know how to swim. :|

Also -- there's a glacier up there? This is news to me. :wft:

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Re: Willow Lake accident

Postby Jim Davies » Wed May 30, 2012 2:10 pm

I guess somebody needs to destroy that canoe, before it happens again.
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Re: Willow Lake accident

Postby MtHurd » Wed May 30, 2012 2:25 pm

According to Josh Wilfong, scuba dive teams have been consulted about the possibility of a scuba search. But whether they could be successful is very doubtful because at that altitude scuba equipment only allows a ten-minute bottom time on full tanks, and a complete search of the lake could take weeks of diving.


I haven't dived at altitute, but I don't think this statement is correct. Decompression times will differ because of the lower atmospheric pressure at the surface but the air consumption should be less if anything underwater.

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Re: Willow Lake accident

Postby Billy the Kid » Wed May 30, 2012 2:51 pm

My wife and I hiked Kit Carson and Challenger last summer, and I actually met the guy who had just recently carried the canoe to the lake. He was a somewhat unique fellow, equipped with firearms and all. We saw multiple groups of people using the canoe while we were there...really sad!
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Re: Willow Lake accident

Postby Wentzl » Wed May 30, 2012 2:56 pm

Jim Davies wrote:I guess somebody needs to destroy that canoe, before it happens again.


Please tell me this is tongue in cheek to mock the over protective nanny society and that this is not what you would do given the chance. I may be too dim to pick up on your sophisticated sarcasm, but seriously?

That canoe being there was cool and a beautiful gesture for someone to drag it up there for everyone. Too bad about the accident, but if the boat can be retrieved. . .

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