During one of the last official overnight stops at Josephines Bridge a young KCC paddler decided to take advantage of Ernie’s fully stocked bar. He was eventually bundled off to bed in terrible condition. In the early hours of Sunday morning I was woken up by a flurry of activity next to the generator which had been started. Upon investigation I (Rob Davey) found this same young man lying on the ground being attended to by our very own cardiologist, Dave Gillmer. Turns out this fellow woke up having difficulty in breathing and suspecting he was having a heart attack summoned help. The good doctor stabilized him and to this day insists that he did not use the generator to shock the heart back into rhythm.
The race committee took a decision banning the paddler from getting onto the water for day 2 as his alcohol level was still way over the top. But he had other plans, portaged a few hundred meters upstream of Josephines bridge and then blended in with the batch before slipping past Ernie. Thankfully he made it all the way to Riverside.
Rumors have it that Cookie’s wife would not hear of him naming his first child Honda, even more so as it was a pretty little girl.