Choppy Waters: Experts Say Stay Out

10:35 PM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
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Rockingham County, NC -- Just yesterday, 14 people were rescued from the rocky Dan River in Rockingham County.

WFMY News 2's Patrick Wright spoke to people with experience on the river who say it's still not safe to go in.

Kitty Brown has spent the past 20 years on the water, but says she wouldn't have spent a second on the Dan River yesterday.

Brown, an avid kayaker and canoer, says while swimmers and boaters should test the waters at their own risk, companies that rent out kayaks and tubes have a responsibility of their own.

"It's dangerous, it's just dangerous," she said. "[The companies] should be responsible. Their reputations stand on those good decisions they make about the safety in the river."

A few recreation spots along the river shut down water operations for part of the week, but Dan River Adventures--where Thursday's rescues happened--decided to stay open yesterday, even with choppy waters.

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WFMY News 2 tried to talk to managers today, but one would only direct us to their previous statement.

It reads: "We made a judgment call based on our observation of the river conditions at 7:00 a.m. As soon as management found out that the river conditions changed dramatically without apparent reason, we cancelled all remaining trips. Customer safety is of utmost importance to us and we would never intentionally put anybody in an unsafe situation. "

Dan River Adventures was not open for rafting or tubing Friday.

WFMY News 2 also spoke with Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page. He says the county's emergency management director plans to meet with all recreation outfitter to talk about safety along the river.

WFMY News 2

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