Floodwater rescue drill from Glenn Brank on Vimeo.
When it rains it pours, and when it pours, kayakers should think.......long and hard before launching into storm-fed water. A few days before Christmas, a couple of Folsom paddlers launched their 10-foot recreational kayaks on Lake Natoma, just above the bridges and in the narrows that channel water releases from Folsom Lake.
The current was running close to 20,000 cubic feet per second – approximately the speed and power of your average freight train.
One of the paddlers wore his smartphone in a waterproof case around his neck. Its video recorded the next 18 minutes, later posted on a Facebook page (but unavailable for public viewing, unfortunately). The kayak capsized almost instantly. Most of the