James Waldron was recording his kayaking trip down Great Falls on the Potomac River near Washington D.C. when he noticed a man clinging to a woman about to be swept away by the fast moving waters.
Him and his buddy acted quickly and pulled the man out using a rope with the help of some fellow bystanders. This dude is extremely lucky to be alive, and one of the guys even tells him “Don’t ever swim here. You go down that, you die.”
Scary stuff, but good on these kayakers for saving this guy’s life.
James Waldron: “This is by far the stupidest thing I’ve seen in my kayaking career so far. As we were paddling down Fish Ladder on Great Falls of the Potomac on a beautiful July 4th, we spotted a women holding onto a man who was in the current above a class 5 section of whitewater. This section is especially dangerous due to very fast moving water combined with swallow rocks and some rebar. Luckily I had my throw rope with me this morning, or I would have been pulling out a body. What followed the rescue in the video was what the man would’ve been swimming down. Please just stick to the pool.”