True story with my CrAzy mishap....I kayaked Lake Lavon two months ago. I did not pay attention to the flood gates flow rate and opted to fish the dam after watching a kayak fisherman's video on youtube (I think it was YakMan's kick butt video of kayak fishing Lake Lavon Dam).
I arrived early in the morning around 7am. I saw (4) gates opened with a lot of water flowing through like white water rapids on the Colorado River. Still, because I wanted those darnnnnn sandies, I wanted to make my way across the channel no matter what. I hauled my kayak to the dam channel and may the attempt to cross.
The water was soooo strong that it kept me from positioning my kayak correctly. I eventually flipped my kayak over. The flood gate waters carried me a good 200-400 yards down channel. Fortunately for me (PFD on hand ALWAYS), I new not to panic and relied on my military training for situational awareness. Held onto my overturned kayak and let the current carry me away. Eventually, drifted to a calmer washout point and collected myself for my trip back up channel.
At the time of water flood gate release (7000 CFS). Never again will this happen! Be safe brotha from anotha!
Bruce V....Seriously, The real Bruce Lee;-)