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Report # 25037  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, November 12, 2008.
Kayaker experiences frightening incidents while traveling down Yellow River
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YEAR: 08


MONTH: November

DATE: 11/11/08

STATE: Florida

COUNTY: Okaloosa County

LOCATION DETAILS: on the yellow river bout 10 miles down past hwy 2 bridge

NEAREST TOWN: baker fl


OBSERVED: yesterday 11/11/08 i was kayaking on the yellow river in north west fl panhandle when i heard a vocal moan to a yell , got on down the river smelled a very musky wet dog smell , i heard sticks breaking , but not as much as you would think, then the big stuff happened out of nowhere a big rock come flying out of the trees and hit the water , i thought its got to be a redneck or some thing so i yelled out hello what are ya doing no sounds not even birds then another rock about the size of my head almost hit my kayak, that set off a bunch of coyotes they were on something then a sound so loud it scared me then trees breaking and then a dog or coyote screamed like it was in pain , barking yellping and some sound that i cant identify they were fighting i think .
the river trip was 25 miles long and it sounded like i was followed the whole way. dont know what that was but i thought yall might be interested .
never saw it . but heard it and smelled it and got rocks thrown at me it was scarrey to say the least


OTHER WITNESSES: nope just me


TIME AND CONDITIONS: almost night bout 530 or 6 pm

ENVIRONMENT: river swamps and woods

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kevin Smykal:

Witness is a 40 year-old plumber. He stated that the incidents seemed to happen whenever he got too close to one riverbank, but not the other. During the interview, he also described hearing low moans that he could actually feel in his chest. There were no sounds heard during the rock throwing incidents. Witness also noted that there are no campsites or hiking trails in the area.

The area is rich in wildlife and vegetation. It consists of hardwoods, cedar, cypress, bamboo and is thickly weeded.

Witness also submitted a report back in 2000, that occurred on Eglin Air Force Base, refer to Report #9113.

About BFRO Investigator Kevin Smykal:

Kevin Smykal is a mechanical contractor in northern Florida.
He attended the following BFRO expeditions:

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