I think arresting him is some BS. That Sheriff is a retard for arresting him. Surely charges won't stick.
Just some observations and factoids:
1. The Denver Post article was horribly written lacking tons and tons of details form each side. You'd think from reading that article the girl was still in the water and the guide jumped in and pulled her out single hande! Hell, the local rag did a (not much) better job Clear Creek Courant News, Sports, Entertainment and information for Idaho Springs, Colorado
2. Snodgrass's version of the story is very different from the rescuers side (which still didn't make it sound like an arrest was warranted).
3. According to the rescuers, they had arrived significantly before the guide and had good verbal contact with the girl who had self rescued and was probably dry by that point.
4. From the guide's story she swam more like 1.5 miles not, not 0.5 miles that was reported.
5. There are tons of rafting companies in Clear Creek. Their swiftwater rescue team is out multiple times a day for people getting dumped.
1. Freelancing at rescues can lead to some SERIOUS problems. Your first goal is to make no more patients. If one hand doesn't know what the other is doing, you can very quickly end in delays at best and disaster at worse.
2. The guide was out of line, but NOT in an arrestable sort of way.
3. Rescuers are used to bystanders getting in the way. Usually, they are looky-loos and well meaning but unqualified good samaritans. Sometimes they are really qualified people and the rescuers use their help. However, the assumption is the former until proven otherwise. "All doctors at the scene of a car wreck are proctologists until proven otherwise."
4. I think things could have gone differently if the guide had calmed down and talked to someone with authority instead of getting butthurt from the instinctual reaction of some some rescuer underling who didn't know who the heck he was. If instead of trying to conduct his own competing rescue, had he gone directly to those with jurisdiction and said "these are our expertise, experience, capabilities, and plan. Can we execute in support?" then he might have been told "sweet! Do it!" We'll never know.
THE BIGGEST PROBLEM:
Here is what bothers me most: AVA putting 13 year old girls from TX in rafts piloted by guides who can't make the Kermit's takeout with the clear creek at peak flow which means going from a III run they signed up for into a long IV+/V- stretch, then dumping the clients in the drink and then losing contact with them for 30-45 minutes.