Couple learns it isn’t good to Lie to Officials about Rafting a Flooded River without PFD’s

Friday, 27 May 2011
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In this Saturday, May 21, 2011 photo, Bruce Crawford and Grace Nash pass out water safety brochures at the International Cuisine Festival in Painesville, Ohio. Photo Credit: AP Photo/The News-Herald, Michael Allen Blair

An Ohio couple got in trouble last month after they decided to raft down a flood-swollen river without PFD’s on. They compounded the problem when they lied to officials when they were found hours later.

They pleaded guilty to misdemeanour misconduct during an emergency and the judge gave them their choice of punishment. They could either spend 60 days in jail or stand in a tiny swimming pool while wearing life jackets and hand out water safety brochures at a local festival. You can guess which option they choose.

They told the local paper who interviewed them that they had learned their lesson.

Photo credit: AP Photo/The News-Herald, Michael Allen Blair

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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