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Boy Scout dies after falling off raft into Animas River
kobtv.com ^ | 7/1/05 | AP

Posted on 07/02/2005 3:23:44 PM PDT by NRA2BFree

Rescuers manage to get a rope on the Boy Scouts' raft

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say the part of the Animas River where a Boy Scout was thrown from a raft before drowning is very dangerous.

State police say the body of 15-year-old Chase Hathenbruck of Farmington was pulled from the river about five miles from where he fell in near Lowhead Dam.

Hathenbruck and another scout were thrown from the raft when it got caught in the churning waters near the dam. The other teen was able to swim to shore but authorities say Hathenbruck's life jacket was pulled off by the current.

Hathenbruck was a member of Varsity Scout Team 313, a group that is chartered to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Hathenbruck was the third person to die in a rafting death in New Mexico this season. The first two were on the northern Rio Grande.  


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: boyscout; boyscouts; bsa; drowning; scouts; summercamp; tragedy
There were two rafts with Boy Scouts and leaders. The first one went off fine, but the second one turned sideways causing it to tip over. The river is running high and fast due to all the snow melt coming off the mountains in CO. He never had a chance because the water was too cold for him to last long. Prayers go out to his family.
1 posted on 07/02/2005 3:23:45 PM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: NRA2BFree

Prayers for the families, and it's unfortunate this accident happened.

Probably not much could have been done to prevent this other than not going at all.

Our Troop did a Kayak trip last weekend on a tributary of the Colorado, but no major rapids or anything, which is how we planned it. Nice and leisurely.

Regards,
Joe


2 posted on 07/02/2005 3:37:59 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: NRA2BFree
I pray for the family

White water fun but went a river you have ran many times before and you think you know is running at abnormaly high flows...your thinking you "know it" can get you...

3 posted on 07/02/2005 3:41:52 PM PDT by tophat9000 (When the State ASSUMES death...It makes an ASH out of you and me..)
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To: Sonar5
You know, even at high flow, this is just not a rough river. You can literally see where this happened from my parents' house.

Damned If I Know

4 posted on 07/02/2005 3:48:17 PM PDT by sharktrager (My life is like a box of chocolates, but someone took all the good ones.)
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To: NRA2BFree

RIP Chase Hathenbruck. Another life snuffed out by the Boy Scouts.


5 posted on 07/02/2005 3:50:03 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Remind Liberal Cowards Why America Freed Iraq: http://massgraves.info/)
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To: NRA2BFree

Boy remembered for his caring personality
By Rhys Saunders, The Daily Times (Farmington, NM)
Jul 2, 2005, 11:08 pm

FARMINGTON — Family and friends today are mourning the loss of 15-year-old Chase Hathenbruck, the Boy Scout who drowned in a rafting accident on the Animas River in Farmington on Thursday.
Hathenbruck was a freshman at Piedra Vista High School, where he excelled in basketball and academics, according to Wayne Leupold, his eighth-grade English teacher at Heights Middle School.
Hathenbruck had great potential as a basketball player, agreed Gary Fischer, his coach at Piedra Vista. Hathenbruck played on the freshman “C” team.
“He was 15 years old and 6-foot-2, and he could do just about anything we asked him to,” Fischer said Friday. “He could play any position; he could play inside, he could play outside, he could shoot. He was very coachable.”
Boy Scout leader Dave Stock remembers Hathenbruck as an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints, of which the troop was affiliated.
A memorial service for Hathenbruck will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the LDS Church, 4400 College Blvd., in Farmington.
According to Stock, Hathenbruck was instrumental in planning the overnight rafting trip, which began near Cedar Hills, north of Aztec.
Hathenbruck always displayed leadership qualities in his Boy Scout troop, looking out for the other scouts, Stock said.
“Chase was very faithful in his calling for the church,” said Stephen Hathenbruck, the teen’s father.
Stock said the younger Hathenbruck acted as president of the Teacher’s Quorum at his church. The quorum consists of a group of boys, aged 14 to 15, who strive to work together in service activities for their community and church.
“He took his position very seriously,” Stock said. “He was interested in making sure it was a good program.”
Stock characterized Hathenbruck as a good student and someone who actively prepared himself for the future. “The thing that most characterized him was he wanted to do the right things,” he said.
Stephen Hathenbruck remembers his son as a thoughtful and caring young man.
“He had the ability to touch a lot of people’s hearts,” he said.
Hathenbruck also will be remembered as being devoted to his family. According to his father, he loved playing video games with his older brother.
Hathenbruck was wearing a life jacket when he was tossed from the raft at Low Head Dam, off Penny Lane northwest of Farmington, at about 10:50 a.m. Thursday.
His life jacket popped off when he was pulled into the undertow, police said.
His fellow scouts, who also were wearing life jackets, were able to stay with the raft, despite the rushing waters, said State Police Officer Ron Foreman.
Emergency rescue crews pulled the raft out of the river, but one scout fell in, leaving two in the raft, Foreman said.
“There was so much water churning there, it wouldn’t have mattered if they were in the raft or in the water,” Foreman said. “There was no way for anyone to stay dry. There was a lot of water in the raft, but they were on it.”
Rescue crews managed to save the other Scout and a Scout leader who was trying to save Hathenbruck, who was swept under and away by the swift-moving river.
About three hours later, the teen was spotted and pulled from the chilly river near the Murray Street Bridge, but rescuers were unable to revive him.
“We want to thank all the rescuers and all the support throughout the community,” said Stephen Hathenbruck.
The father said he knows everyone involved in the rescue did everything they could to save his son.
“They were quick to the scene and we know they didn’t give up,” he said.

Rhys Saunders: rsaunders@daily-times.com


6 posted on 07/02/2005 3:51:49 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Remind Liberal Cowards Why America Freed Iraq: http://massgraves.info/)
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To: NRA2BFree
"...authorities say Hathenbruck's life jacket was pulled off by the current."

It's easy to sideline quarterback but it sounds like something wasn't done right here or perhaps defective equipment.

7 posted on 07/02/2005 3:52:17 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopeckne is walking around free)
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To: newzjunkey

It wasn't snuffed out by the boy scouts, and that is an IGNORANT comment to say.

There are risks in everything that happens.

Troll....


8 posted on 07/02/2005 3:53:52 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: muir_redwoods
It's easy to sideline quarterback but it sounds like something wasn't done right here or perhaps defective equipment.

FWIW
I do a fair bit of paddling and reading and have yet to hear of a properly fitted and fasten PFD coming off.

9 posted on 07/02/2005 3:57:06 PM PDT by kanawa (Faith, Freedom, Family)
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To: newzjunkey

Yeah, people who aren't Boy Scouts never have rafting accidents.

Don't be a creep.


10 posted on 07/02/2005 3:57:11 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("I am saying that the government's complicity is dishonest and disingenuous." ~NCSteve)
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To: kanawa

Key word "properly fitted". A life vest that is a little bit big can come off.


11 posted on 07/02/2005 4:00:12 PM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: newzjunkey

Snuffed out huh....

How about This:
"Hathenbruck was wearing a life jacket when he was tossed from the raft at Low Head Dam, off Penny Lane northwest of Farmington, at about 10:50 a.m. Thursday."

**Scout was wearing Life Jacket. No Fault There.

"His life jacket popped off when he was pulled into the undertow, police said."

**How is that The Boy Scouts of America's Fault. It was most likely gear rented for the weekend from an outfitter. Maybe it was a Faulty Life Jacket, or maybe just maybe, the current was too strong and even the newzjunkey would have drowned.

"Rescue crews managed to save the other Scout and a Scout leader who was trying to save Hathenbruck, who was swept under and away by the swift-moving river."

""Note they saved a Leader who tried to save the Scout. That guy almost lost his life in the process of trying to save another. Pretty commendable act to me.


“We want to thank all the rescuers and all the support throughout the community,” said Stephen Hathenbruck.
The father said he knows everyone involved in the rescue did everything they could to save his son.
“They were quick to the scene and we know they didn’t give up,” he said. "

**Appropriate response from a grieving family who appreciates and knows it was an accident, and not some IGNORANT snuffing
out as you wrote.

Your Pathetic....


12 posted on 07/02/2005 4:00:18 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: sharktrager

I'd be interested to see what Category this river was rated at the time.

It always amazes me when accidents happen and the TROLLS appear wanting to place blame on any organization no matter what the circumstances.

There are risks in Scouting, parents are made aware of those risks, and it is their dignity, (The Family that loses a Scout), that shows how well aware they are that accidents can happen. It's sad, but in life there are risks. Deal with them.

These same Trolls should focus on swimming pool deaths which are much higher in number rather than blaming a whole organization that is teaching these youth more values, morals, and leadership skills than any homosexual liberal public CessSchool ever would.


13 posted on 07/02/2005 4:05:44 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: eastforker
A life vest that is a little bit big can come off.

You bet.
You wouldn't want any space between you and the vest that the water could enter.
A strong turbulent current would rip it right off.

14 posted on 07/02/2005 4:09:02 PM PDT by kanawa (Faith, Freedom, Family)
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To: newzjunkey

Here you go newzjunkey,

/sarcasm
In your words, another life snuffed out by the Air Force, I guess. You see an Airman died while rafting on a trip sponsored by 377th Services Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque.

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/06/10/special_reports/travel/21_24_146_8_05.txt

Are you just as prepared to condemn the United States Air Force for this.

Surely you can show me a post condemning the Air Force for snuffing out this Airman.

I mean you have such a concern, you must have posted about this airman's loss as well.

I'll be waiting, but I doubt you have the integrity to admit your hypocrisy.

Pathetic......

Regards,
Sonar5


15 posted on 07/02/2005 4:12:34 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: sharktrager
You know, even at high flow, this is just not a rough river. You can literally see where this happened from my parents' house.

Where do your parents live? My dad has got a place in Farmington and another one close to Aztec on the river.

16 posted on 07/02/2005 4:13:55 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (If alcohol kills off brain cells,Ted Kennedy needs to be on life support....)
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To: NRA2BFree
On a bluff overlooking Flora Vista.

Damned If I Know

17 posted on 07/02/2005 4:24:07 PM PDT by sharktrager (My life is like a box of chocolates, but someone took all the good ones.)
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To: sharktrager
On a bluff overlooking Flora Vista.

That's where my dad has 2 acres and my step sister lives there!

18 posted on 07/02/2005 5:07:57 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (If alcohol kills off brain cells,Ted Kennedy needs to be on life support....)
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To: NRA2BFree

My family and I "chugged" along the Animus just a few days ago. That is one very angry river. I'm surprised anyone rafted in it at this time.


19 posted on 07/02/2005 7:00:59 PM PDT by GingisK
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To: NRA2BFree

**That's where my dad has 2 acres and my step sister lives there!***

I used to live in Farmington, Kirtland and Aztec. I wish I was back there every day! The Animas can get rough.

Unfortunatly, my worthless brother-in-law (If you know him he probably owes you money)lives there now so I try to stay from there.


20 posted on 07/02/2005 9:18:04 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (IN GOD IS OUR TRUST! from the National Anthem, 2nd verse.)
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To: NRA2BFree

Oh this is too too much.


21 posted on 07/02/2005 9:20:36 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: NRA2BFree

It's very sad.

They just don't make Boy Scouts the way they used to.


22 posted on 07/02/2005 9:23:28 PM PDT by Palladin (God Bless America!)
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To: Palladin

Or it is just a really bad year...


23 posted on 07/02/2005 9:24:00 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
I used to live in Farmington, Kirtland and Aztec. I wish I was back there every day! The Animas can get rough.

Unfortunatly, my worthless brother-in-law (If you know him he probably owes you money)lives there now so I try to stay from there.

LOL! I don't know. Who is your brother in law? :)

If you wish you were back there, why don't you move back?

24 posted on 07/02/2005 9:29:30 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (If alcohol kills off brain cells,Ted Kennedy needs to be on life support....)
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To: Palladin

You Said:
"They just don't make Boy Scouts the way they used to."

What the heck are you on about? That is a pretty sad remark.

This had nothing to do with how Scouts are taught skills, and is an accident. Go read what the family said about this accident.

And there have been quit a few Scouting Deaths every year, the same as there are deaths from other kids when they are in the outdoors TAKING RISKS.

I guess people like you would only be happy when all the kids do nothing but sit inside playing xbox, Huh? Or maybe you think only Scouts shouldn't be allowed? I wonder.

And if you think you could do better, get off your back side, go volunteer and teach them, that is if you know anything to teach.


25 posted on 07/02/2005 9:36:02 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: NRA2BFree

**If you wish you were back there, why don't you move back?**

This is the reason.

Unfortunatly, my worthless brother-in-law (If you know him he probably owes you money)lives there.
After a visit with him you feel like a Philistine, slain by the jawbone of an ass.

Dear God, I love that country!


26 posted on 07/02/2005 10:22:44 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (IN GOD IS OUR TRUST! from the National Anthem, last verse.)
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