Image: Barbara Beacham
Finish the story begins with: “When the team heard the dam explode, they knew they had limited time to make it to safety.”
It became a matter of the calm before the storm and each man knew his role was the paddle like never before.
John and Phil up front screamed for the guys to paddle, they increased the tempo, navigating with great skill.
Bill and Will the middle men concentrated on the front guys and made every effort to maintain the stroke being given up front each man secretly wetting themselves at the possibility of the danger they were in.
Harry in the back was a rather sanguine character who believed the adrenaline rush the whole experience was providing him was something he didn’t want to miss.
Harry was hanging on, guiding the raft through the rapids with skill and precision, surprised at the inner calm he felt and all the time hearing behind him the gathering roar of the dam surge when….