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Old 04-26-2008   #1
 
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RRFW Riverwire – Dory Remains Pinned in Dubendorff Rapid

RRFW Riverwire – Dory Remains Pinned in Dubendorff Rapid
April 26, 2007

On Wednesday, April 23rd, an 18 foot aluminum dory became pinned on a rock near the top of the right entrance to Deubendorff Rapid at mile 131.5 on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

After attempting a z-drag mechanical pull of the boat, the noncommercial group called the National Park Service for assistance. An NPS crew worked on the dory using two forty to one mechanical pulley systems Thursday, but the boat would not budge. The mechanical pulls were tried from different angles, and left in place throughout a water rise-fall cycle, but efforts to move the boat remained unsuccessful.

While the dory is not a hazard to river runners who take the traditional left to right run in the rapid, it may pose an obstacle to kayakers making a right run. At low water levels during the morning, the boat is plainly visible and easily avoided, and is completely submerged in the afternoon high water.

The group of non-commercial river runners had prior experience navigating the dory through Grand Canyon National Park.

National Park Service officials are considering at this time whether to continue with further salvage operations. Scouting of the rapid is recommended.

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The Dory was still there as of the 29th when we passed it. It's wayyyy to the right. If you're doing the left run, there's nothing to worry about. I've heard of a Dory run to the right, but I wouldn't want to get a boat over there anyways.
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Dory removed

The dory was winched off Saturday by an NPS crew with an electric winch. It is at the South Rim awaiting it's owners pick up. It may float yet again!

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The Dory was still there as of the 29th when we passed it. It's wayyyy to the right. If you're doing the left run, there's nothing to worry about. I've heard of a Dory run to the right, but I wouldn't want to get a boat over there anyways.
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Old 05-18-2008   #4
 
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Dory Evac

Photos of the dory stuck in the river and then being removed:

Potter’s Journal » Blog Archive » Dory Rescue
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So that's how they spend our permit fees.


(If not for the rescued bottle, I'd say they should have just Quartzited the bitch.)
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