What have you found in the river while paddling

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What have you found in the river while paddling

Post by kayak1 » Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:56 pm

When I have been paddling down the rivers in South Wales, there have been some things of interest found along the way...The most interesting has been some old clay pipes mostly intact in the morriston playspot near Swansea, handed in to the Neath Museum, Some nice bits of china and in contrast dead sheep...the odd broken paddle usually in higher grade rivers...and returned to owners if they have contact details etc. What have you found on your river trips..

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Post by Dave Manby » Sat Mar 28, 2015 4:59 pm

See previous topic
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Post by Grumpy old man » Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:21 pm

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Post by Mal Grey » Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:51 pm

A penis enlarger!

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Post by Alec Ferris » Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:21 pm

An evil looking lizard/dinosaur toy, found on the first-in-a-very-long-time descent of the Arth last January. We named him Horace and he lived in my car for the best part of a year. Sadly I think we lost him around the time of Teifi Tour (or he might be somewhere under a seat, I don't actually know).
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Post by Randy Fandango » Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:20 am

I found two fairly rotted dead bodies on the Bhote Kosi once.
Very cheery......
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Post by ion » Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:45 am

A headless horse.

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Post by Chalky723 » Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:15 pm

Many dead sheep, a live sheep (which we managed to get out eventually) and a headless swan.

A crossbow bolt (a couple of weeks after some fishermen told us they'd "shoot us" if we tried to get out near their swims).

Loads of fishing floats, plugs & spinners which I either give to any fishermen we pass or go in a tub in the garage....

My stolen Magic Bat 6 months after it had been taken - complete with some toerag sat in it fishing...

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Post by Neptune » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:49 am

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Post by goatboy » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:55 am

Randy Fandango wrote:I found two fairly rotted dead bodies on the Bhote Kosi once.
Very cheery......
Giles
Well - that's 4 times as many dead bodies than I've run into whilst paddling.

- providing an answer to the question "what's worse than finding a dead body on the beach?"

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Post by Chas C » Mon Mar 30, 2015 3:04 pm

South Wales - a car suspended in a tree overhanging a river, about 10' out of the water.
South Wales - an eddy with a pyramid of shopping trolleys, about 6 high.
Nepal - not me personally but on same trip, a human head in an eddy following cremation.

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Post by gp.girl » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:54 pm

Electric milk float in the river Wandle.
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Post by banzer » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:35 pm

A bag of weed next to a rapid on the LLugwy. It was my 30th birthday. It didn't go to waste, so I hear.

Topless sunbathers is always a favourite.

It's amazing how big a dead sheep can inflate, and how smelly (Spean Gorge).
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Post by Yellow boat » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:56 pm

A garden trampoline about 8' up a tree on the river Mole it's been there since Christmas 2013
A mobility scooter and a push bike side by side in the Wey the weekend before last.
A car complete with roof rack and straps in the Rio Noguara Palerisa about half a km from any possible track?
One very cold and confused old lady who had lost her way and ended up falling in the river Wandle.

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Post by Alec Ferris » Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:10 pm

banzer wrote:Topless sunbathers is always a favourite.
Unless you're on the Ardeche. That was all rather.. saggy.
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Post by DaveBland » Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:58 am

River Wandle sounds like the place to be.
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Post by banzer » Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:38 am

Evan Garcia stuck in a no-way-out eddy on the Barle, very glad of a rescue.
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Post by Grumpy old man » Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:23 pm

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Post by roo » Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:54 pm

We found a rucksack (complete with passport) and an inflatable dinghy on the Finstermuntz.

We found Eric at the border drying his clothes out.

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Post by Randy Fandango » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:30 am

Randy Fandango wrote:I found two fairly rotted dead bodies on the Bhote Kosi once.
Very cheery......
Giles
My poor ageing memory -- it was actually the Kali Gandaki.....
On another note I've found numerous snakes taking a dip or sunbathing on the banks of the 'canals' of sunny Thamesmead -- very entertaining if you're teaching a group of children.
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Post by PaddyW » Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:33 am

GOLD! or perhaps Fools Gold on the Mitta Mitta in Oz

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Re: What have you found in the river while paddling

Post by Andrew Battye » Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:55 pm

A guy with his head between a girls legs on the Seiont. He ran off when he saw us leaving her looking very embarrassed while she pulled her tights up..

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Re: What have you found in the river while paddling

Post by DaveBland » Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:15 pm

I think a few years back now, on one of the first Nile expeditions, a paddler found a live baby in a basket.
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Post by linglie » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:02 pm

I think a few years back now, on one of the first Nile expeditions, a paddler found a live baby in a basket.
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Post by Wadhamite » Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:23 pm

Dead dog at the sluice gate in central Cambridge. Me: "there's a dead lamb". Boyfriend: "Nah, it's just a plastic bag... Oh."

Another notable find was a fishing line hooked onto a bicycle which snagged my boyfriend's leg. Reasons to carry your river knife #234...
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Post by eeonz » Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:57 pm

A "marital aid"
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Post by TonyM » Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:13 pm

eeonz wrote:A "marital aid"

On the Seiont?

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Re: What have you found in the river while paddling

Post by PMB » Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:36 pm

A sofa mid-stream in Bethesda falls on the Ogwen.
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Post by brevan » Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:45 pm

Sunken car complete with police aware sticker (Kennet and Avon Canal)
Wheelie bin - does go in a canoe (Woodmill)
Dead duck, floating feet up (Wye)
2 drunks clinging to a tree - they'd come out of their hire canoe. Never did find the beer they'd lost when they capsized (Symonds yat)

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