Originally Posted by Waterwindpowderrock
The girl had been lost for 45 minutes.
The guide who swam across wasn't on the trip, he came from the office.
From every report that I've heard, the FD guys got to the girl before the guide did.
Don't get me wrong, I just voted against Krueger about 35 min ago in G-town, so no love lost there & this is one of the biggest reasons I did, BUT the story told by the guides is rather self serving & strongly understates how poorly they dealt with the situation.
It's by sheer LUCK that the girl is alive, and seeing a situation where a commercial trip LOSES a custy for nearly an hour, if I was one of the S&R staff I would have had little regard for the guides as well.
where did you hear the FD got to the girl first? That isn't what happened at all. the FD was there but they were not with the girl. she was cold, scared and crying on the opposite bank with no idea how the rest of her family was. The guides didn't necessarily handle the situation correctly, but I've known Ryan for over a decade now...he's one of the strongest and most compentent boaters I know. He was simply doing what his boss told him to do. go help!
I know things seem to be done a little different out here. I guided with Ryan for nearly ten years in TN on the Ocoee. When accidents occured there, the rangers stayed out of the way and let the trained guides handle the situation until the injured party was in the ambulance. However, there was never confusion about who was compentent or who was just a first year guide. We saw the rangers every day and they knew us on a first name basis...huge difference compared to search and rescue out here who don't know the guides at all.
I'm happy that it all turned out ok.