Kayaker 'cheats death' trapped under rocks in raging rapids

NewsflarePublished: December 28, 2017
Published: December 28, 2017

This is the scary moment a kayaker in Austria got trapped in between and under rocks in whitewater rapids.

In the video, filmed in October 2013, German kayaker Adrian Mattern, then 18, is paddling with a friend on a difficult Grade V run when he gets submerged underwater.

"One small mistake lead to this very dangerous and close-call situation where I got trapped in between rocks underwater. Luckily the gap underwater was big enough to crawl my way through just to reappear. After another very dangerous rapid, I got luckily flushed down without major injuries.

In the end, Mattern makes a swim to safety "alive but in shock."

He writes: "Big lessons were learned that day. The river is boss, always."

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