I am posting this as it may help someone avoid this experience in the future.
Have you ever heard that old ZZ top song "Esther Be The One" ; "She'll get you...." I thought this might be Esther
Floating through an easy class III rapid on the Poudre in an unfamiliar boat, a moment of mental indolence got me in serious trouble. A wave spun me 180 and I made hard contact with a rock wall on my right side. In an another display of negligence, I simply thought I would continue backwards until I clear the wall and then casually spin back down stream. Well I passed by a hole in the wall that formed a nasty swirling eddy (a mini Room of Doom) and was promptly sucked in
. It was really small but violently turbulent. It kept slamming me against the wall and I could not get enough traction to cross the eddy fence and back into the flow of the river. Every time I attempted a couple strokes the upstream current would hit the stern about the same time the down stream current would hit the bow then follow with a UFC caliber body slam into the wall. Then I flipped and made a few roll attempts but each time I was rolling against the wall so I exited the boat. I hung on to the boat and continued my metronomic wall slam and swirl as frantic boaters tried to enter the eddy only to be repelled by the turbulence. I was starting to choke on water and wonder "Is this Esther" Then as I made a revolution toward the eddy fence the boat rotated where the cockit was facing the eddy fence. As it hit the fence water quickly filled the bow full and the boat plunged downward yanking it and me through the fence and out into the current were a valient Texas boater's stern was waiting
. Worst a$$ woop'n this old boy has ever had on the water.
I swear to god almighty I will never ever get lackadaisical on the river again. For when you do my friend, she will rise up and smite thee.