I have remained silent long enough. This is Class V+ to wright.
First everyone that I met at the site did all that they could. From the private boaters in the cat that gave chase to all of the WA personnel that supported the final outcome. The emt's / fire fighters / ambulance crew / were first rate.
Rarely do we as boaters (rafters / kayak er / ect) do we have access to such quick response as along the Ark. Many people take this for granted.
I learned very old school. Always respect the river, never try to beat it and never give up.
There is a lot of munusia out there on this this incident (as with most). Form the second hand knowledge I have (from the cat that gave case) the incident happened at the BV dam.
I was at WA's launch at JV. I threw a throw rope directly across the victims chest. (face up at the time). The victim was unresponsive.
My group topped off a boat and another person and I gave chase behind the cat. By the time we caught up to the other group (the cat) they had pulled the victim in and were doing CPR.
My point in all of this is you never know when you will be called on, always be ready, and know what you are in for.
For all of you 10- no 15- year boaters you have not seen enough. It is not about the Class of river you are running, it is about the RISK factors. (water temp, age, health, type of river flow ect...) Learn from others.
I wish the family of the victim the very best.