Originally Posted by BruceB
The hole bait thing is interesting. Anyone have firsthand experience being hole bait bacause of a high floatation pfd?
Not being but seeing. It was horrible too. On the Tieton the rapid was Waffle Wall maybe. Been a while. Swimmers kept coming down and getting stuck in this fairly small but sharp hole. The 2nd one knocked the first one out until lucky #5 came down. She was small - tough to judge weight in this situation but I don't think she could have been more than 125. Large 4 buckle Americas Cup jacket. Looked the same as the universal ones that were popular at the river company I worked at.
She was in there long enough that I had time to jog back to my car to get the second throw bag ( I only had one on me) as she was about 70 feet from me and I couldn't get to her. So I jogged the couple hundred yards to my car and back to try to double up the ropes to reach. I did this for about 15 minutes before she flushed out.
Sign language from the other side indicated she was alive. She didn't look it, but I heard the next day she was all right. She spent close to 20 minutes surfing this very innocent looking feature. I really thought I was watching someone die. I don't think she was in a condition to remove her LJ but I think she would have flushed immediately if she had.
That's all I have.