Most people know that rivers don't run in circles, but apparently three women on a tubing outing did not.
They left for what they thought would be an easy float down Muskegon River Tuesday afternoon – but ended up spending the night on the river bank, scared and yelling for help.
The trio of young women were rescued 20 hours later after a fisherman eventually heard their cries, said Muskegon Township Deputy Fire Chief Bob Grabinski.
The women, all in their 20s, had never been tubing before and decided it would be a fun thing to do, Grabinski said. So they bought some tubes and headed to the popular launch site at the Maple Island Road bridge, Grabinski said.
"They were informed by somebody at the bridge that the river goes in a circle and if they put in there they would come back to their car," he said. "Not knowing anything, they set off on their little adventure."
Assuming that actually occurred, it's amazing how gullible some people can be. Rivers rarely if ever run in circles. Kind of a mean trick, that.
One would think they at least would have Googled the Muskegon river before embarking on their little floating jaunt, or taken someone with experience tubing on that river with them, but no.
Well they ended up a little wiser for the experience, that's for sure.
As a good friend often says: "If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough."