They then proceeded to fool around and several times had to paddle flat out to avoid being swept downstream. This was all done in front of their wives and children none of whom seemed aware of the potential danger. As I walked back to the car I said to the wives that I hoped their husbands had plenty of life insurance!
Whilst getting in the car I noticed that the Sheriff had arrived so being inquisitive when he walked back from the river I wandered over, introduced myself and asked him if he could explain the difference between the roles of the Sheriff and the police.
He was very friendly and explained that he was a deputy and that the Sheriff was elected by the community and that they worked closely with the police but did not do detective work. I said I was concerned about these dads downstream with their little boat. He said that he had come down because he had a call saying that there was some dangerous activity on the boat ramp. I told him where the dads were now and he said that 2 days ago he had pulled the body of an 18 year old out of the river. Then he went off to warn the Dads and I jumped in the car for the cruise back to my holiday home and a rest as that afternoon we had been invited to a 4th July party on the lake! On this holiday it's all go!!!