Yup, it was a surprise to us as well. Friend of a friend who made himself out to be a much better oarsman than he was. He had never done Harmony above 2300, didn't know that the line was left; but the impression we got from him was that he had it all handled. So... he went dead center - maybe he thought center was right?!? - and flipped it in the big hole. I know, I know.
I was rowing the other boat, and it was actually my first time ever through it. We took the left line, which is what our map told us, and were just fine. I'd like to think I would've gone left without any intel and without a scout, it seemed that obvious. But hell, I don't know. Anyway, we were through and dry no problem, but they flipped.
Got them to shore, with the raft, got warm clothes on them, found the oars and the cooler in the willows river left, and we got back on the water after an hour or so. No one hurt or worse. We were lucky.
An incredible lesson in the power of river hydraulics and how quickly things can go south. Also, a valuable lesson in feeling out unknown boaters a little better. And, finally, I'm recommitting to stopping and scouting class III rapids I've never run before, even if I feel confident from my intel.
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