Originally Posted by Scotty lefebvre
Of course you can refuse services. If we are not needed we go away.
You are a firefighter? Maybe you are one of the good guys. In almost every situation that I have seen where 'rescue' personnel were involved with river activities they were out of their league, slow, overbearing and didn't understand the mechanics of the river at all.
That may not be you.
In two different counties up here I have seen Sheriffs show up and attempt to "close" rivers that they had no authority to do so. One guy straight up gave the LEO the finger and launched on the Murtaugh at 40K and said come catch me and arrest me then here is my attorney's number xxx-xxxx and he's a paddler too, but you might want to look at the law first.
He was not bothered at the takeout.
Another rescue personnel insisted on holding a woman in the water and "stabilizing" her neck after she had already been in the water at flood stage for over a mile. She was in a paddle boat that flipped. My call was to get her out of the water immediately. She was already so weak that she barely held on to my bag to pendulum in to the eddy. I think she actually wrapped it around her wrist.
I saw no mechanism to indicate neck injury but he was so tuned in to get all "accident" victims into a C collar. When I insisted we get her out of the water immediately - "we've got it, we'll take it from here."
Sorry if it sounds like I am down on all the good rescue folks too, but this has me pretty pissed off. At least you agree that the guide should not have been arrested.
If the rescue depts involved want to be taken seriously they need to step up their game. Continue to disrespect boaters and they will continue to be disrespected as a result.
OK, I'm done.