Man Drowns While Fly Fishing the Little Cahaba River

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A man from Hoover, Alabama drowned Sunday when his waders took on water and he couldn’t escape.  His name is Paul Rohrbach and he was 56.  He leaves behind a husband and two kids.  Way too soon!!!!!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this man.  


Excerpt from AL.com article by Carol Robinson.

Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards gave this account of what happened: Rohrbach and a friend were fishing together in the river off of Cahaba Beach Road about noon. That part of the river, he said, was a small lake that resembled a cul-de-sac.
Rohrbach apparently walked out and encountered a drop-off in the water. His waders started filling up with water, and he was pulled beneath the surface.
His friend, whose name wasn’t released, tried to rescue him but to no avail. The friend’s waders also started filling up with water, but he was able to get out of his waders and then had to run for help because his cell phone had gotten wet. “He flagged down someone and that’s how the call came in,” Edwards said.
The article goes on to describe some of the deceptive currents in this body of water.
Please Read the Rest of the Article here.
You can read Paul’s full obituary here (with links to donate to a trust fund set up for his two sons if you should desire to help).
There is nothing to say after a tragedy like this…except it can happen to any of us.
Try to be as educated as possible about the water, boating and wading safety.  And take it upon yourself to educate those you fish with as well.

Comments 1

  1. ALWAYS wear a wading belt, and make sure it's cinched TIGHT. If you do that, you can always do a breaststroke and get yourself out of trouble. I know, because I've done it. Very sad story.

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