Shane Peterson and his friends checked to make sure the Cuyahoga River was free of freighters before paddling to Edgewater Beach. (Shane Peterson)

We showed you what not to do on the Cuyahoga River, especially when a giant freighter could mow you down. Our favorite photo? A giant pink blow-up flamingo.

The captain of that flamingo reached out and shared his side of the story. He had lifejackets!

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