Good thread. I know of a pin where a guy was pulled with a tag line from his boat out through his skirt. Lost his skirt, saved his boat. Had to hike out of a very tough gorge. Carry an extra skirt when on a remote run?
Also, if yer cutting a skirt, yer in very dangerous territory. Be *really* careful. Years back on the Ocoee someone was in a fairly heads up stable position but his rescuers, while cutting his skirt, cut his femoral artery and he bled out.
When we dress for boating, we "should" be dressing for an extended immersion while performing a rescue. I know I don't always do that...
Nice job getting it done for yer friend!