This was in April 2008 Reforma Rapid Salt River AZ
Photo was taken midway into the rescue process
Yellow raft missed his line and was carried onto the big rock on river left. Pin open side out and the oarsman was able to get on the rock safely.
Blue raft followed the same line and slid onto the yellow raft.
Blue raft did a back flip and locked in between yellow raft and the other rock on the shore.
Oarsman was thrown out of the raft. Went into the water to the bottom and was very lucky to crawl/swim out.
First we tried one z drag on the end of the blue raft.
Could not move it. Attached another z drag on the other end of the blue raft. No luck.
One of the guys went over the side and discovered the blue raft's shore side oar was stuck in a rock crevice. Oar could not be moved. It was wood and after a lot of work he was able to saw it in half.
Got back on the Z drags and the blue raft flipped over and we floated it off the rock.
Yellow raft was then pushed off the rock.
No injuries, nothing packed in the blue raft got wet or lost except for the oar we sawed.
Took about 2 hours to do the entire job.
Lesson learned: Even at low water, the Salt can spank you!