Bob, thanks for the update. Sounds like Clay got in touch with you personally. 3 days in the hospital...whewww...
All I can say is that I am really glad we were in the same crew and I am happy to have been part of the crew that littered him up the scree.
That fleece belongs to either me (red and gray) or Luke (black). I don't think either of us are worried about it.
I should have posted my comments on the ordeal a while back...sorry for the delay.
2 things that were of note, to me were:
1) The fantastic communication that was going on among all of us. There was didn't seem to be any ego getting in the way of the evac, which I think, in a group of experienced and trained (to a certain degree) could have come into play. That litter with the oars, cam straps and throw bag was awesome. I have only fashioned something like that in a WFR class and was quite an experience to put it into practice.
2) There was someone that was doing a great job of helping with the scene but when someone else (am EMT that came from down the tracks?) entered the scene - the first guy was briefing him on the scene, he said that there was a clear C-spine. The EMT asked if he was certified to do so, and the guy said that his cert was expired...
I noticed this because I thought that something like that could render someone liable for a spinal injury/paralysis that could result if there was, in fact, a c-spine injury. The last thing anyone would want is to get in legal trouble for helping with an emergency situation.
That was just my observation. Great job to all involved! So glad to hear Clay is well.
Can't wait to get back out on the river with you BOB!