After three days of rain flooded Piner Creek near Santa Rosa, Calif., Alex Bowman and his friend Patrick Sitzer took to the swollen waters with their small blow-up raft -- sans lifejackets. The duo was unprepared for the whitewater condition and capsized, nearly drowning as they pulled themselves to shore to wait for rescuers.
Upon arriving at the scene, emergency response personnel had to perform a swift-water rescue, a dangerous feat given that the flow rate of the creek "was between 3,000 and 4,000 cubic feet per second," according to The Press Democrat.
When interviewed about the ordeal, in which he was asked how he had felt about his actions putting both his and his rescuers' lives in peril, Bowman had this to say: "If they're so upset about it, they shouldn't be rescuing people for a living. ... I pay taxes."
After the publication of his comment, Bowman later called emergency responders to apologize.
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