Robert Lesser sends us these dramatic photos of a kayaker running the treacherous rapids that arise along the Blakeney Rapids about this time each spring.

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According to the International Scale of River Difficulty, these rapids can attain ‘Level IV’, defined as:

Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest…

Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills.