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Old 06-08-2010   #1
 
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Accident at Hancock Rapids on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Does anyone have any details on a recent high water accident on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho last weekend?

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Montana man drowns on Idaho rafting trip | KTVB.COM | KTVB.COM | Boise, Idaho news
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The last paragraph of that article was about our group. Biggest water I have ever seen.
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The last paragraph of that article was about our group. Biggest water I have ever seen.
What was the water level?
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What was the water level?
Just shy of nine feet or around 17K.
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The last paragraph of that article was about our group. Biggest water I have ever seen.
Any word on the boats? Purple Maravia and a Yellow highside right??

Someone found a cooler down on the main and posted up on the Idaho Whitewater list.

Hope you get your stuff back and glad everyone is alright.
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Just shy of nine feet or around 17K.
The ranger told us it was at 25k by the time we got off the river at 7pm. The gauge at Corn Creek after the confluence stops at 36k and the water was 2' above that.
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No word on the rafts yet. We also lost a shredder that was rolled up on the back of one of the boats. Thanks for the heads up about the cooler.
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We were down there as well- be interesting to see where all that wood ends up. We watched 30-40' Ponderosa pines with root balls run Velvet without even slowing down, mystery move in Pistol and then one breach like a whale in the eddy line at Sunflower. Hopefully it was high enough long enough to get most of it out of there.

It was wild, exhilarating, scary, BIG, and a great reminder of what it means to be on an un-dammed free flowing river.
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I was there with a separate crew on Friday as well. Our group of 13 was ahead of the trip that had the fatality. We had just routed 25 miles of the impassible canyon at epic highwater, and were just getting our stoke on at the takeout, when a pickup truck comes barreling down the road and said that an unmanned raft was floating down toward us from the confluence. Our crew threw a couple of kayaks in the truck, headed upstream and somehow managed to tow the boat (right side up but no oars) into an eddy below Cranmer Creek (props to Kate Wagner for that!). Our crew then floated it down to the takeout with loaner oars, thinking someone would soon be by for it.

An hour later, a different truck comes down to pick up the raft, and the driver (who was part of the group with the fatality) informs us that the oarsman had died. I didn't get the full details on the accident, and didn't want to pry. The driver was thinking that a heart attack may be been involved, but it seemed speculative. I'm sure others know a lot more than I do about the accident.

My deepest condolences to everyone on that trip. It was really awful.

Never heard or saw the two other missing boats. Maybe they were ahead of our group to start with? We probably got to the ramp about 5ish and maybe left about 7:00 - 7:30 pm.
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