Quick-Thinking Kayakers Save Drowning Man's Life

mattdolianPublished: October 24, 20141,244,665 views
Published: October 24, 2014

A video has emerged featuring the intense moment when a man is saved from drowning after he lost control over his kayak and fell into the quick-moving creek. This amazing video captures the moment that occurred last year on Wilson Creek, a National Wild and Scenic River, located in the Pisgah National Forest near Collettsville, North Carolina.

During a sail down the creek, a kayaker toppled over and managed to pin his head beneath the surface of his kayak. Not being able to break free, his head trapped, he had expected nothing but the bleakest outcome. As it sometimes goes, what he also did not expect was the quick response from a nearby group of quick thinking kayakers. Markham Shuskey, Corey Edwards, Jake Matheny, Michael Barbre, and Matt Dolian were out on the water that same day.

After hearing the muffled screams some yards behind, Michael and Matt quickly surged into action. What they found was that the angle of the toppled kayak to the rocks had trapped that unfortunate kayaker’s head under the flow the of the water, which meant that being stuck in the kayak would totally unable any movement and keep his head under water, utterly incapable to breathe, and started drowning. After giving it a couple of energetic tugs and somewhat of a struggle, they managed to pull the man out of the water in the end, in just a nick of time. Rescue mission successfully completed!

A man lost control over his kayak and fell into the river, but fortunately he was saved by his friends. The water flow was too fast for him to manage to lift himself above so he stayed trapped, unable to move a muscle. Fortunately, his friends were here to lend a helping hand. They quickly rushed towards him, and joined forces to try and save him. Moments later, they pulled him up and his life was saved just in time before he fell unconscious. We bet this will be a moment they can never forget!

Rivers of the Southeast define diversity, from bayous and rivers pushed by the tides to clear mountain streams with world-class whitewater. Wilson Creek, a National Wild and Scenic River, located in the Pisgah National Forest near Collettsville, North Carolina offers camping, hiking and bike trails, hunting, fishing, swimming, canoeing, tubing, and other outdoor activities. There is also a picnic area available and numerous visitors come here daily for recreational activities.

The place is truly very picturesque, with majestic scenery, which is why this group of kayakers decided to go on fast-water kayaking. Fortunately, what could have been a tragic end to a story, finished with their happy ending after all. These brave men should be given a medal of honor for their quick actions and humane reflexes. The man is truly lucky to have friends like this by his side. Faith in humanity restored!

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What did you think about this video? Make sure you tell us more in the comments down below. If you like what you see, don’t forget to share it with others who might like it as well. It just might be the highlight of their day! Enjoy!

All’s well when it ends well. Thumbs up!

Credit to Matt Dolian.

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