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From Charles Albright:
On Apr 21, 2019, at 8:26 AM, Charles <email@example.com> wrote:
Yesterday there was a kayaker discovered who had drowned on the Truckee River on what is called the Farad Run. it happened in the Stateline area and very little is known now. I will pass on more when I find out what happened. I have contacted several news and rescue groups and have yet to get any answers. Another tragic loss to the paddling community.
I visited the Mogul Truckee Meadows Fire Station this morning. I found out very little. The kayaker ended up in the water and took a long swim. He was above the Stateline Dam. His partner got him to shore and started CPR and unfortunately it did not work. He had a cell but could not get a signal. He paddled across the river and hiked to the 80 Freeway and was able to call it in. The rescuers were able to drive up the south side of the river to near where he was and evacuated him from the scene. No names yet.
I had a message from Greg Porter who I had met previously and was with Stephen when I saw them both the weekend before at Crystal Peak Park in Verdi for a run. Greg explained that they had a VERY HARD time putting on Stephen’s sprayskirt as it was a normal large cockpit and they were putting it on a XL opening. He suggested that that was again the situation at Floriston for the fateful paddle and probably why the grab loop failed then. He has spent most every day since with the family and the girlfriend and was hoping that eventually the folks that have the gear and boat would return them and he could see the skirt. I am sure that you have seen similar situations as I have had to get help with many skirts especially older ones that have shrunk with time..
I went by the Truckee Meadows Fire Station this am. They responded but it was not their normal crew who were fighting a fire north of town. All they did was stand by. Reno’s Wet Team and Washoe Counties Hasty Team responded. I have again contacted both groups and no word yet. It seems that the Hasty Team and the Sheriff both close for the weekend. I left both emails and calls to their leaders. What I pieced together was that two paddlers were on the river above where it gets harder and somehow one was out of his boat and the other was able to get him to shore and start CPR that failed. He had a phone but no signal so he left the body that was on river right and paddled to the Freeway side and hiked up to get a signal and made the call. Teams went to both side and a “low line” was set up to get the body up from the river to a dirt road with limited access by the public. I have paddled the river at least 100 times there and therein really not much in the way of rapids where the event happened according to the firemen. The hard rapids are much further downstream. Hopefully there will be more tomorrow in the paper or on the TV News. And again I hope to hear from the Sheriff or Reno FD.