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Postby Laurent's Bitch » Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:34 pm

"It appears that the Coe will have to join the list of those that escaped Emily. I join Jake in commiting myself to conquering it along with the Swale, Ubaye and Randolphs Leap amongst others."


Martin, I'll see you and Jake on these rivers!
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Postby sarah b » Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:10 pm

I was putting off reading the forum, it’s as heartbreaking as expected, however it’s comforting to see that everyone that met you saw how fearless, outgoing, talented, hilarious, beautiful and what an amazing friend you truly are.
Your enthusiasm for, not only kayaking, but life was contagious and I’m sure you will continue to inspire everyone to paddle harder and smile broader. (Who could forget that beaming cheeky smile!?)
I’m still expecting unnecessarily loud and frequent Westlife sing-a-longs and a couple of spontaneous
Baileys on a Wednesday. The club will never be the same. You will always be missed and loved X
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Postby alicini » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:09 am

Really sad news, I didn't know Emily as well as many of you but I won't forget her beautiful smile easily. Still finding it very hard to believe it's real. :( My thoughts are with everyone who was there when she died and to the Parker family. What a lovely person.

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Postby lucy lou » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:06 pm

terrible terrible news, hit me so hard i could barely speak for hours.

what gorgeous, giggling girl to lose. she was a very talented boater and inspirational club member.

all my love to your family emily, you will be sorely missed xxx
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Postby Nic1234 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:18 pm

I have had a card in the post from Emily's parents today, attached to it is a letter written to the club...

To LUUCC,

Thank you to everyone who has helped us through the last two and a half weeks. Your dedication and loyalty to Em's memory has touched us deeply and the things that you have done have been incredibly. We were so moved in the first instance by the sharing of feelings, photos and videos, and then on Monday by those who attended, or wanted to attend but were hampered by travel chaos, Em's funeral and "final social". The guard of honour touched the hearts of her whole family and the 'dress' tributes were wonderfully appropriate! We will never forget the special part played in Em's life by her friends from, and times with LUUCC, nor will we forget your part in her final goodbye.

With all our thanks,

Diane, Steve and Dom

These past two weeks have made me proud to be in this club more than ever, Thanks for sticking together guys, we can get through this all together. Nic x x
"you must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find eternity in each moment" Henry David Thoreau

RIP Emily, always in my heart x
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Postby Dárragh » Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:07 am

Hey guys, here's a link to the Doncaster free press article on Emily's funeral.

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The video is a slideshow of photos that were taken by the photographer outside the church with some music... it's nice to see some of the photos and a little recap of the service. The Paddle arch looks really good, thanks again to everyone who helped out with that, we made Emily proud!

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Postby Adam polo » Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:12 pm

BUCS Polo at a stand still for Em.

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Postby Nic1234 » Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:14 pm

Adam, can you post that onto Em's memorial page? I think it would be nice for her friends to see the kayaking community paying their respects. x x
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Postby Adam polo » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:17 pm

Yep sure.
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Postby Nic1234 » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:59 am

Leeds Student Newspaper's article on Em...

http://www.leedsstudent.org/index.php/l ... ident/1285
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Postby Ben-E » Tue May 04, 2010 7:08 am

I must confess I never really knew Emily as well as many of you did but reading what happened and how it happened really upset me.

My deepest sympathies go out to Emily's family and also all those who were involved. During the time that I was kayaking and taking risks with others I remember my deepest unmentionable fear was having to experience such a situation on a river. I have never had to go through what many of you are going through and I count myself lucky.

I wish there was more I could do or say. I hope you all manage to keep smiling and enjoying yourselves and hopefully I will see many of you again at the end of this year.

All the best from Vietnam

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Postby box2k2 » Wed May 12, 2010 12:40 am

Initially, let us apologise for the delay in posting this. I'm sure everyone will understand that it was important for the family to have all the facts before it was posted on a forum.

Emily was an experienced paddler having paddled in Uganda, Scotland, Wales, the Alps and the North of England. The four other group members all had similar levels of experience.

We had all paddled together previously and had been doing so as a group all week on the Scottish classics. We were building up to the Lower Coe whilst waiting for the rain to arrive. That morning we inspected the gorge, ensured that it was as expected and that there were no obvious obstructions.

The river was high, but certainly fitted the description in the Scottish Whitewater guidebook. "...huge waves and boils fire you along it's length like a bullet out of a gun...", "...eyes on stalks..." and "...moving like an express train" are exactly what we experienced.

We elected not to paddle the section above the gorge, deciding it looked too difficult for the group. We planned to egress at the Independent Youth Hostel, opposite the Glen Coe Visitor Centre.

In our briefing we all made sure we were aware of the situation, that it was effectively solo boating and that the support offered from the group would be limited. We all agreed that we understood and were content.

After entering the gorge, Emily was seen to capsize on the first stopper, make several attempts to roll, before successfully righting herself.

But by the time her boat passed the river-right eddy midway down the gorge it was upside down, and we assumed she had exited. It wasn't until the boat passed the horseshoe-shaped feature at the exit of the gorge that we became aware she was still in the boat and was making no effort to help herself.

It now appears that the final stopper extracted Emily from her boat and she floated free. Two of the group attempted to get to her. One was successful, but was forced to release her when he started to encounter trees. Very quickly afterwards, she drifted into a tree and was lost from sight.

Two of the group were able to land approx 200 metres downstream, but despite their best efforts were unable to reach the place she was last seen.

At this point the Police were called. Despite tireless efforts by Glencoe MRT, a Navy helicopter, the Police and many of the local people, it was only at approx 8 hours before the water levels had dropped and she was found.

It now seems clear that Emily suffered some major impacts to her head, causing her to lose consciousness and eventually drowning. The damage to her Strutter is significant, and there was evidence of bruising on her face.

In conclusion: It was a tragic accident. The group was suitably experienced and properly equipped. Despite all our skill, training and experience, we were never in a position to change what happened and were powerless to have any effect on the outcome.

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It has been a very hard time for everyone to come to terms with the tragic death of Emily. We've lost an amazing friend, a truly talented paddler, and someone whose unmatched enthusiasm for both kayaking and life was and continues to be an inspiration for many people.

It is our hope that the full life Emily led, and not her tragic death, will be the everlasting memory and lesson for us all.

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Martin, Darragh, Jake & Patrick


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Postby box2k2 » Wed May 12, 2010 12:52 am

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Postby box2k2 » Fri May 14, 2010 9:49 pm

I've been paddling with Southbourne Canoe Club (Bournemouth) this week.

I think only Beth has actually met any of them, but they send their thoughts and condolences.
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Postby Jamess » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:28 pm

hi there...


Well, just thought i would say, i think of you every day em, literally. today there was a slightly stranger occurance you poping your way into my head. Was just signing up to mobileme for mac. i got the confirming email, and at the bottom there was a box with some example of how to get further help, and it said, click on your name and click help.

Well the name they used was Emily Parker



hmmmm... Miss you.


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