Does that imply that some level of insulting is acceptable? We are having a conversation on the internet about the proper course of action in the situation. You'll claim that I wasn't there, don't know the specifics and am a meany.
I'll say that given the fact the weather was nice, the river is friendly and you seem to have had the resources you needed with you, should could have attempted self rescue and been on your way in about 5 minutes.
I'm a resident of Grand County. The relationship between our Sheriff's Office (who operates SAR), private land owners, our citizens, the BLM/FS etc. and tourists who visit to raft, hike, hunt etc. is pretty fuckin' tenuous.
The newspaper and the GCSAR logs are filled with examples of those recreating in the "wilderness", get into a spot of hot water and cry for mommy to be bailed out.
We're all one stereotype or another. I'm a grizzled douche from the mountains who wishes people could fend for themselves a little better and have a thicker skin? What are you?
Ask yourself, what would you have done if the fisherman didn't come, the ranch hands were not around and you had not cell signal?
p.s. It was 87 degrees in K-town yesterday and people going hypothermic don't usually drink icy cold beer from good Samaritan fisherman.