Ride Some Milwaukee Rapids with a Couple of Mud-Splattered, Shivering Lads

  Losing a canoe tends to happen quickly and almost without warning. When local canoer/adventurer Jordan Gonzalez and a friend braved the spring-flood rapids just south of the North Avenue bridge on a recent, totally freezing day, their trip turned from “Oh yeah, oh yeah!” to “Oh …” in a matter of seconds. See for yourself below. The river travelers documented their adventure here, a story that climaxes in a 12-officer response by the Milwaukee Police Department – cops who had reason to believe a water rescue was needed. They told us that the person who called 911 stated they saw a…

 

milwaukee river canoe disaster

Losing a canoe tends to happen quickly and almost without warning. When local canoer/adventurer Jordan Gonzalez and a friend braved the spring-flood rapids just south of the North Avenue bridge on a recent, totally freezing day, their trip turned from “Oh yeah, oh yeah!” to “Oh …” in a matter of seconds. See for yourself below. The river travelers documented their adventure here, a story that climaxes in a 12-officer response by the Milwaukee Police Department – cops who had reason to believe a water rescue was needed.

They told us that the person who called 911 stated they saw a canoe upside down in the river with “two black things sticking up on the sides.”

Chilling indeed, as was the water.

h/t r/milwaukee

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Matt has written for Milwaukee Magazine since 2006, when he was a lowly intern. Since then, he’s held the posts of assistant news editor and, most recently, senior editor. He’s lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa, and Indiana but mostly in Wisconsin. He wants to do more fishing but has a hard time finding worms. For the magazine, Matt has written about city government, schools, religion, coffee roasters and Congress.