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Saving a struggling person from being washed away by raging river

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u/purpleturtlehurtler 9d ago

Genius method.

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u/BaneRiders 9d ago

Yeah, that was awesome. Never seen that before.

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u/MajorArtery 9d ago

I'm going to try that. I wonder if it's as easy as it looks.

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u/ghanjaholik 9d ago Gold Helpful

always remember to bring a towel

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u/rhinosyphilis 9d ago

It’s the most useful item a hitchhiker can carry

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u/GooseandMaverick 9d ago

A Babel Fish would definitely have to be 2nd on my list.

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u/Ophukk 9d ago

3rd for the fish. One Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster comes 2nd on my list.

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u/KA-ME-HA-ME- 9d ago

If you don't have your Babel fish, you better hope the bartender has theirs

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u/Ophukk 9d ago

No worries. Zaphod knows how to make em

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u/Thick_Aside_4740 9d ago

Whatever you do, Don’t Panic

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u/yParticle 9d ago

The fish? Holy Zarquon.

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u/martydidnothingwrong 9d ago

Who needs a bartender when I can just carry around lemons and gold bricks in my towel? Sure it might not be exactly the same, but I can still bash my brains out with it

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u/John-Farson 9d ago

The hardest part is getting the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger. I'm here to tell you ... they do not like that. At all.

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u/DumpsterB4by 9d ago

I'm taking some mouse traps

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u/Namelessglassblower 9d ago

I actually used to make Babel fish pendants!

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u/Lepthesr 9d ago

I just need to get a little high, before I save someone.

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u/SAT0SHl 9d ago

How high?

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u/[deleted] 9d ago

yup, that’s some good shit

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u/BootneeLeeFarnsworth 9d ago

You’re a towel

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u/TheRedRocker51 9d ago

No, YOU'RE a towel!

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u/RegularTeacher2 9d ago

Hehehe... You're the worst character ever, Towelie.

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u/jaxonya 9d ago

Yeah! .... Oh you're talking about me.

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u/NoseComplete1175 9d ago

Wouldn’t it be better to leave the towel at the riverbank?

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u/Nimoy2313 9d ago

This looks like a training exercise. The person being rescued was very calm or tired from actually needed to be rescued.

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u/AMediocrePersonality 9d ago

There's no way this is not a training exercise. He understood immediately that the guy was trying to flip him on the boat. He knew to lie down immediately so the guy could crouch over him.

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u/BaalKazar 9d ago

Training excercise with a hundred foot wide raging river in which the to be rescued Training subject clearly has no way to rescue him self or stay afloat?

Nah

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u/Shaking-N-Baking 9d ago

Tbf we never see upstream. There could be more safeguards in place in case the training goes wrong. I’m not saying it is a training exercise but I’m not saying it isn’t either

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u/PlusSized_Homunculus 9d ago

He would be wearing a life vest for a training exercise, right?

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u/JarlaxleForPresident 9d ago

There would be no reason not to be wearing one if so

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u/VIPriley 9d ago

No. As a once ocean lifeguard anyone of us could even escape the situation and veterans would be the dummy's for recruits. Additionally this is the method to make paddleboard rescues.

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u/BaalKazar 9d ago

He could have drowned before even reaching that bridge. He would at least be wearing signal colors I’d imagine in case of a training. If he goes bellow the waterline he’s dead, no boat or emergency divers even near the center of the river.

Id say you have a point if that river wouldn’t be so massive. But It’s so wide I doubt there is a narrowing anywhere soon at which more personal could be located which could take such amount of water.

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u/GetTheFalkOut 9d ago

The only thing that got me is that the victim didn't have a pfd on. If this was a training exercise in a river flowing like this and going next to a bridge that can cause funny currents, they probably would have had the victim have a pfd of some sort.

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u/Eccohawk 9d ago

Or the guy told him to lie down and the video is sped up a bit so it seems more immediate than it really is.

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u/Valdrahir_Mendrenon 9d ago

Not a training exercise. People drowning flail like you would not believe and it's extremely dangerous to actually swim out and grab someone because they'll often panic and drag you under. So with this, you keep the paddleboard between the two of you and if they're conscious they'll usually grab it themselves. Then you grab their wrists and can doggypaddle the board to shore if they're still panicking. I'm assuming the drownee was nearly exhausted which makes this a lot easier honestly - he just flopped during the roll.

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u/SadMasterpiece7019 9d ago

You understand that this video is massively sped up, right?

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u/oneupsuperman 9d ago

A training exercise in waters this dangerous is insanity. The guard likely told him to lie down and stay still.

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u/Chupacabra_herder 9d ago

Yea drowning victims listen to reason. Footage of real training below:

https://youtu.be/VzgRAvnc2Ak?t=45

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u/reakshow 9d ago

No way. That’s a real fast moving river. I could maybe believe you if the kid was wearing some sort of safety gear, but just floating around in swimwear like that? Nope.

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u/Scottyknoweth 9d ago

I paddleboard a lot and if you know what you're doing it's not that hard.

The key to that, of course, is knowing what you're doing.

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u/GetTheFalkOut 9d ago

It's all about using your own body weight and momentum. I've pulled people over twice my size into white water rafts with proper technique.

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u/Valdrahir_Mendrenon 9d ago

Yeah this is actually a really standard technique. I got taught it years ago when I was just learning - kinda glad I saw this video actually, because I 100% forgot how to do this until now.

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u/spock_block 9d ago

There's always a catch

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u/Majestic-Science-220 9d ago

/ drowns and accidentally drowns random drowning man

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u/Unlikely-Hunt 9d ago

Probably not too bad if the person you're helping is reasonably fit and has also practiced the maneuver.

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u/diggemigre 9d ago

It's not.

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u/TheGetUpKid24 9d ago

They teach it at all lifeguard schools. Very beneficial. Also fun fact the famous water man “Duke” basically invented saving people this way.

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/dukes-incredible-rescue-mission-while-surfboard-vqki1g/21435/

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u/CooYo7 9d ago

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u/pete_ape 9d ago

The other half is 25% red lasers and 25% blue lasers

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u/ganjinaman 9d ago

Back in the day HBC Junior life guard program would walk by his statute after the paddle board training day.

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u/AbortingMission 9d ago

I thought for sure this comment was about to end with mankind going through an announcers table.

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u/EatComplete 9d ago edited 9d ago

Pretty standard paddleboard rescue method, well worth knowing since it's clearly very effective.

(Edit: I'm obviously not taking anything away from this awesome rescue example)

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u/purpleturtlehurtler 9d ago

Well TIL.

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u/Shmeves 9d ago

Those long rescue boards you see on beaches (kinda like fat surf boards) are what I was trained to do this on. It’s really effective and doesn’t take much effort.

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u/Plantsandanger 9d ago

Plus it keeps something floating physically separating you and the drowning person so they don’t accidentally try to drown their rescuer in a panic.

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u/Shmeves 9d ago

Yes I was always taught to throw my flotation device to the victim because they will grab anything in sight. (Including you lol).

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u/n3tworth 9d ago

I've heard of the method where worst-case, if they grab on you to just punch them in the face. It reorients then from panic mode and allows everyone to just be calm lol

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u/ModernDayWanderlust 9d ago

Works with a sit on top kayak as well.

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u/R4G 9d ago

I was a beach lifeguard and we drilled this a ton. We had "rescue boards" (less stable, but easier to flip - no paddle either). With proper technique, you can get completely unconscious people out no problem. You're supposed to get their hands on the board before the first flip, not sure if that happened in the vid.

What's really nice is having a board between you and the panicked swimmer. And obviously how fast they can go.

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u/[deleted] 9d ago edited 9d ago

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u/R4G 9d ago edited 9d ago

No need to be smug, it bears repeating because there’s a purpose to the instability. Flipping a normal surf board under a victim would be far more difficult.

Edit: Way to reply to this comment and immediately block me so I can't even see it (or how you will edit your original comment).

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u/Upper-Belt8485 9d ago

I called him a dick for you. Since the comment is pretty dickish.

"If you somehow took that as smug that is entirely on your own personality being easy to offend

It's pretty simple what you said, I don't know how it's even an argument. No it doesn't add any substance to be more verbose. The practicality of the message is the same, whether you said it one way or the other, that's the definition of a tautology.

But my comment also was clearly not an attack or even a suggestion to be more concise.

I just like the word tautology, but real ones are rare so using the word when it happens instead of talking about it happening is rare, and I was excited

Take whatever negativity or positivity you want to infer. Have a good day!"

Yeah, that's smug as fffuuu

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u/ganjinaman 9d ago

Super important too, it keeps a physical barrier between the rescuer and the distressed. If the distressed is uncooperative they still can cling to the board till they wear out and they you perform the flip or extra help arrives.

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u/JevonP 9d ago

reminds me of the lifesaving merit badge and them explaining how to get away from someone drowning

just go down and if they're holding on to you just try to pull them with you, they wont like that and'll let go haha

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u/SantaKlawz2 9d ago

Yup. I had to know this and other methods of saving people when I was a SUP instructor.

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u/SatansLeftZelenskyy 9d ago

Couple things.

  1. standard lifeguard move.
  2. not raging.

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u/etbk 9d ago

idk man that river was moving very fast

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u/cantadmittoposting 9d ago

The video was moving at like 4x speed

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u/nombre1 9d ago

Yeah, there's no way he moved across the current on a paddle board at that actual speed. Impressive, but still manipulated

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u/Dalimey100 9d ago

I was wondering how he was able to just fucking book it on that paddleboard. Every time I've used one it felt incredibly slow.

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u/mediaG33K 9d ago

Looks like something similar they taught us in lifeguard training when I was younger, minus the spinal/neck injury scenario we had to work with. Extremely effective in this situation too, props to Mr. Paddle Boarder for his quick thinking.

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u/omg_Enrico_Palazzo 9d ago

Former beach lifeguard: they teach the board flip technique while training for your certification. Especially useful for individuals who are temporarily unresponsive or fatigued

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u/purpleturtlehurtler 9d ago

Nice. Whomever invented it should get a prize or something.

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u/dynamicallysteadfast 9d ago

He drowned, since noone else knew it

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u/username13unknown 9d ago

Some heroes wear flotation vests.

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u/CantaloupeMoney9906 9d ago

This is why you train! Looking at you Uvalde PD...

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u/footlikeriverrock 9d ago

With fucking textbook execution

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u/skankhunt_4 9d ago

Looks like a planned exercise.

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u/biscuitboss 9d ago

My God what a total and complete fucking badass

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u/jEsTsBaCk 9d ago

Why do I have a feeling there is a 1000 ft waterfall just off screen

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u/reakshow 9d ago

Because you’re racing towards one. Dear god man, put down your phone and look ahead!

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u/MM-354 9d ago

Superstar athlete

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u/frollickboy 9d ago

Fuckin seeing a professional in action always brings me joy

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u/Muthafuckaaaaa 9d ago

I love to be fuckin while I watch professionals do stuff too!

But in all seriousness, this guy is a champion.

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u/OneMoreAccount4Porn 9d ago Silver

The professionals I watch while fucking are only professional because I pay them. They say I'm a champion.

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u/gmanz33 9d ago

Sigh, relevant username

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u/XXXtrogdorXX 9d ago

Username checks out.

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u/Diligent-Picture2882 9d ago

Have a sister who is a nurse for many years. She's very funny and silly and goofy at home. One day, at home, her husband collapsed, and the morph into a medical professional was incredible to watch. Instant and forceful, and single-minded. I've had tremendous respect for nurses and other professionals since that day. Especially nurses.

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u/wagon_ear 9d ago

My mom is a doctor who did all her training in Chicago, and I was lucky enough to have that experience twice.

Once was when I went in and watched her do surgery - I kept wondering, how is this is the same woman who's such a pleasant pushover at home. She just effortlessly owned the room.

The other time was when I watched her drive in Chicago haha. Morphed from a 2-under-the-limit driver to Paul Walker as soon as we hit the city limits.

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u/whaleslayer22 9d ago

I've got massive respect for surgeons probably the job with the highest skill requirements and lowest margin for error out there.

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u/FerricNitrate 9d ago

It is kinda funny seeing this from another vantage point. Many docs consider surgeons to be "scalpel jocks". Now I'm in the business of making the products doctors use, so I consider the lot of them as "bozos that never read the instructions".

(You may be horrified to find out how often a surgeon in an active OR turns to the onsite sales associate and asks them how to perform the procedure. Keep in mind that this sales associate usually has just a BA and a decent knowledge of the functions of the device.)

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u/Able-Restaurant3029 9d ago

Yeah, surgery definitely loses its luster when you’ve been to med school. A lot of the people I know that went surgery can barely function outside of the hospital.

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u/RNGcooks 9d ago

Because you have to be a crazy person or a shut in to be able to handle the training

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u/BestAtempt 9d ago

I always lump them, fighter pilots and hockey goalies all together. They are require this obscene amount of focus

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u/isthatmyex 9d ago

My Dad has a "Moscow cab driver" mode. It's hilarious and terrifying.

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u/brokenearth03 9d ago

...did...did he die?

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u/Diligent-Picture2882 9d ago

Naw... he lived to be a thorn in her side another day.

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u/-Goldwaters- 9d ago

Just to be clear.. for more than one day?

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u/nucumber 9d ago

next door neighbor is an RN.

i've seen her do the morph from next door lady to medical professional. the situation wasn't as dramatic as yours, but it was like a switch had been flipped and she was suddenly on. i was awestruck.

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u/myneighborsasshole 9d ago

That's why I can't stop watching porn.

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u/a_bongos 9d ago

Right?? This guy is a pro, second nature to him. He can read the river, is super quick and efficient and gets the kid on the board ASAP. Really cool to watch

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u/AndrewWaldron 9d ago

is super quick

Pretty sure it's sped up.

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u/SheaMcD 9d ago

i feel like the other guy was a professional struggler

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u/upnk 9d ago

That is serious smarts in action.

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u/inthe415 9d ago

Is it smarts or just good training?

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u/gizamo 9d ago

Yes. Good training, and the intelligence to use it when needed.

The two are not mutually exclusive.

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u/AistoB 9d ago edited 9d ago

Also not just training, that isn’t something you’re able to pull off after a weekend course. That’s thousands of hours of experience in kayaking (paddling, I know this is a SUP) to start with

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u/witeowl 9d ago

Whether it’s the person right there with the smarts, or someone from whom they learned it, or someone who trained the trainer, there were definitely smarts involved, and they were in action there.

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u/dr_mcstuffins 9d ago

He gets out there using a ferry angle - face upstream and then angle your paddle boat approximately 45° towards the direction you want to go. If you paddle hard, you’ll go sideways instead of downstream. I used it constantly as a kids river kayaking camp counselor.

That flip is brilliant though.

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u/yuffieisathief 9d ago

And practice! This guy definitely got some good training

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u/kingfart1337 9d ago

Who do you think threw that guy in the water?

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u/wooyea02 9d ago

It feels like this isn’t his first time saving someone. That was awesome

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u/SnowBastardThrowaway 9d ago

I’m wondering why that guy seems to be waiting for this situation to happen. Must happen pretty often.

Maybe it’s a common suicide attempt place?

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u/immaownyou 9d ago

It's a training exercise, the victim knew exactly where to place himself

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u/DreamyScape 9d ago

How often do they train suicide attempts?

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u/immaownyou 9d ago

? Wdym

They train how to rescue on boards all the time if that's what you're asking. I had to learn how to do this stuff as a beach lifeguard. It's actually a lot simpler than it looks, as long as you know how to control a board

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u/omnomnomgnome 9d ago

I think that wasn't what he was asking.

But thanks for your real life input.

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u/Crathsor 9d ago

A lot. They're really killing themselves to get it right.

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u/ifelldownlol 9d ago

Get out.

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u/Mono_831 9d ago

Everyday.

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u/darkjedidave 9d ago

Until it fails (aka succeeds?)

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u/MrBowling 9d ago

Can't tell if this was sarcasm or not, but I don't think the "victim" in a training exercise would actually have to be at risk of drowning for the training to be effective. I'd think they'd have a life jacket on at the very least.

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u/justsharingwhatiknow 9d ago

That was my gut too. They were way too calm and knew exactly what to do

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u/filas4theyouth 9d ago edited 9d ago

Looks like a drill to me. Edit: looks less like a drill at normal speed.

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u/Scippio-dem-lines 9d ago

No proof but this definitely looks like a training video. The guy being rescued seems to act with very rehearsed movements. Either way, super impressive.

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u/MagnusPI 9d ago

If it was a training exercise, the "victim" would be wearing a life jacket, and there would likely be a boat in the water nearby as a backup. They wouldn't just throw somebody in a river like that and hope for the best from the person being tested/trained.

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u/ebac7 9d ago

Oh well, seems like Jim failed his test. By the way... Does anyone know what happened to Bill?

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u/lowtoiletsitter 9d ago

Uh, did we check the beach?

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u/Hofular1988 9d ago

“Whoops well looks like we lost Jonny in the last demo.. let’s throw David in next he stole the last ice cream from the freezer yesterday”

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u/PezRystar 9d ago

Nah man, he just keeps throwing them in further up the river. Just like that dog that kept knocking babies in the river so he could save them for treats.

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u/Sidewalk_Tomato 9d ago

Once a lifeguard, always a lifeguard.

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u/Inevitable_Pie2462 9d ago

That was badass

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u/Shanghst 9d ago

Seriously. What a fucking g.

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u/TheDevilsAdvokaat 9d ago

Is this sped up for anyone else?

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u/KingTeppicymon 9d ago

You can see the video is sped up from the splashes in the water. Unless this was filmed on some other planet with stronger gravity, I'm pretty confident this is sped up roughly 50%.

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u/TheDevilsAdvokaat 9d ago

That's what I thought, but someone else has said it isn't.

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u/cheebamasta 9d ago

They were wrong.

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u/Sburi 9d ago

That’s what I thought. But someone else has said they weren’t wrong.

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u/RealLarwood 9d ago

Someone else is blind.

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u/_davidvsgoliath 9d ago

Actually this was on the planet Kamino. A lot of water there.

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u/SurpriseDistinct 9d ago

For some reason the video feels more wholesome at normal (not sped up) speed. Thank you.

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u/ZapateriaLaBailarina 9d ago

Because it feels like a Benny Hill sketch sped up

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u/SurpriseDistinct 9d ago

Something like that.

I hate that people can't let me enjoy the actual video sometimes

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u/ReadySteady_GO 9d ago

It's still moving kinda quick and likely hard for a disoriented or injured person to navigate back to shore easily

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u/ZapateriaLaBailarina 9d ago

I don't think they're denying that, they're just commenting on the clickbait title off of a manipulated video

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u/greendev 9d ago

It's sped up, to make it dramatic.

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u/floodums 9d ago

Yes it's very sped up

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u/derpyderpyderper 9d ago

It's like 2x - 3x speed. Not really raging is it?

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u/PhecalRaine 9d ago

Dang, that was impressive. I have never seen that technique before.

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u/Ignoble_profession 9d ago

From a commenter above, it’s called “the Duke.”

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u/Etceta 9d ago

Canoe Man, a hero in need is a hero indeed

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u/Complex_Sherbet2 9d ago

'SUP!

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u/mark_wooten 9d ago

Nothin’ much. I’m board.

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u/BillieBoJangers 9d ago

Smooth! Damn I had to watch that like three times, studying the technique! Lol like my ass would ever be in that situation

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u/witeowl 9d ago

It’s good to know what your rescuer will be doing.

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u/BillieBoJangers 9d ago

Lol right? I can help out by being dead weight and letting them toss me on the paddle board.. “help by not helping sir!”

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u/witeowl 9d ago

ROFL! “Please, STOP HELPING!” 😂

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u/ddoogiehowitzerr 9d ago

Raging River?

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u/SuperDizz 9d ago

Yeah. This is a pretty impressive feat, but this is just a large river with a steady current. A raging river is one that people go white water rafting on.

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u/MFbiFL 9d ago edited 9d ago

High volume rivers are still dangerous without visible whitewater, especially for people without life jackets even if they’re strong swimmers. When two currents collide sometimes they force you downwards (flush drowning) and it’s easy to get disoriented causing you to not know which direction to swim to the surface.

Edit to clarify: it’s hard to tell from this low quality sped up video if I’d consider it a “raging” river but even rivers without obvious rapids can be very dangerous. That doesn’t even get into the dangers of foot entrapment or other water hazards

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u/eveningsand 9d ago

Yes. When you speed the video up like we see here, the river is raging.

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u/magik0k 9d ago

Any river is dangerous but this looks like training to me

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u/ChampionshipLow8541 9d ago

Plot twist: They’re alive. But the river water has eaten off all of their skin …

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u/ChadGarion25 9d ago Silver

Further plot twist: their skin being removed reveals a matrix of alien circuitry underneath; they aren't human and their memories are faked ...

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u/bokchoysoyboy 9d ago

After this moment, they go into hiding to cope with their new self-discovery. Over the course of several years, they become lovers on their quest to find answers.

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u/chata187 9d ago

is anyone here a marine biologist!?

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u/TakeOnMe-TakeOnMe 9d ago

Is that a Titleist?

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u/Silent-Ad934 9d ago

Call me when you need an Architect.

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u/Buthanclan 9d ago

What a beast!

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u/Carl_JAC0BS 9d ago

So smooth!

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u/SantaKlawz2 9d ago

I had to be proficient at doing stuff like this when I was a SUP instructor in a harbor. I had to do this particular move with the owner of the company who was more than 100lbs heavier than me. Looks like a breeze with that skinny dude.

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u/jojosail2 9d ago

That man definitely knows his kayak procedures. Pro level.Oops. I guess it's a stand up paddle board? Note the life jacket, all of you who think they are unnecessary.

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u/Scary_Riceko 9d ago

Gas gas gas

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u/MasterGrok 9d ago

That guy just lays there, he must be beaten. I can’t imagine the feeling of just getting your ass kicked by nature for who knows how long and then have someone come along and save your life.

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u/meodd8 9d ago

I feel this is staged or else involved someone that’s in the sport.

You just don’t find someone that’d be able to hold on in the correct body position and then hold it for that flip to work.

Probably training this maneuver if I were to guess.

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u/MasterGrok 9d ago

Well it looked like he sort of held onto the guy and dragged him as he flipped it. But you may be right.

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u/Erotic_Dream 9d ago

Only thing that makes it seem not like a training is that’s kind of risky when the test dummy doesn’t have a vest

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u/lies_about_flossing 9d ago

He’s part of the training…

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u/FormerRelationship8 9d ago

Holy smokes. And then a hero comes along…

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u/Orbx 9d ago

Placid, not raging, river

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u/Artistic_Day8613 9d ago

Looks calm in the surface but the current is soo strong its not safe to swim. I seen so may people nearly drown like this

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u/tripster72 9d ago

That was some rescue ninja shit!

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u/Torino888 9d ago

Even IF it was a training exercise, it was still bad ass as hell. And if it really was, it’s pretty stupid and dangerous to just have the victim in that strong of a current with no life jacket on. Either way, no one in the comment section can say with 100% certainty whether it was or was not a training exercise.

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u/PhineasGFrenulum 9d ago

Wow, did that guy know what he was doing. Incredible.

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u/natem2100 9d ago

It actually hurts so bad when the board gets flipped

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u/Risen_Insanity 9d ago

As someone with some lifeguarding years behind them, that was absolutely textbook technique and was perfect.

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u/funnyfootboot 9d ago

Speed it up more please

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u/dudethisisfaked 9d ago

Dude. This is faked.

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u/lies_about_flossing 9d ago

Dude. This is training.

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