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.