Thanks for your concern BigBen. There has been some carnage these past few days with commercial trips. Luckily there have been no serious injuries. The one that made the paper was a turn of events combining teenagers without gear, and a complete lack of eddy water between Three Way and USS.
The fact of the matter friends is that this is the nature of rafting. What I witnessed was a degree of professionalism, brotherhood, and community in the face of a dangerous river. Guides involved handled the situations beautifully; we even had some cross-company assistance going on. Dive Rescue was summoned not because they were needed necessarily, but because someone at the Mish called them. They were also professional, helpful and prompt. What I witnessed was not a shit-show, rather it was professionals in their element doing what they do. Rafts flip at high water like eggs are found at Easter. I'm just thankful that no one was hurt, and that the brotherhood of raft guides shone through to get all home safe.
Thanks deeply to all who were involved; I/we hope to be able to return the favor one day.
I have been reminded that we are all between swims my friends. And that the hole just down from 3-Way leads all the way to China. Unless you have your passport and chopsticks, stay away!