Originally Posted by deepsouthpaddler
Props to the guys for going in there and paddling the raft out!
Still wish the raft guys would share more of the "oh shit" story!
I talked to the owner of the raft on Sunday before I headed back to the FR and evidently he got confused with the construction going on at the Gore put in, his intended take out, and floated past. I didn't really ask too many questions about why they didn't row back up stream once past the confluence or even once down at the mouth of the canyon.
From what I understood though, they rowed through the warm up rapids and then started roping the boat through at applesauce (or aptly named "fisherman's nightmare") and then evidently to where we saw it past scissors. Sounds like they decided to make camp there, and were going to battle the rest of the canyon the next day.
Someone from the railroad noticed the boat and saw one of the party hanging on tree limb (to break it as they were making a fire and shelter), anyway the person from the railroad called it in and s&r was sent out....when they arrived the party had a fire going, a shelter built and were drying out there clothes. They opted to leave with s&r....
Anyway, the dude who's raft it was sounded super nice and was on the ball working to get his boat back. It sounded like the guy made and honest mistake, no crazy boozin' from what I heard.
Glad they were okay, props to Billy and Ollie for R-2ing that thing out! I wonder if they moved the frame to the rear of the boat so they didn't have to paddle over the frame?