I forgot to nominate the MVP (Most Valued Paddler) during this incident. It took all of use to pull this off - from blocking river traffic so the dive team could get across to helping manage lines to ferry over the zodiac to stabilizing the victim, collecting gear afterwards to taking care of the victim's significant other who had to watch this all unfold. Trip members checked in with each other so we could account for everyone all the time and no one made themselves a second victim. It really was close to a text book example of how to do it.
Still, I have two MVP nominations.
First nomination goes to the two gals who held the victim stationary for what seemed like 20 or 30 minutes until he was put on a backboard and continued holding the backboard for another 15 or 20 minutes while the EMS crew worked on him and he was brought over to the road. The were in the water much of that time. One commented that is was like holding the Yoga pose 'Chair Position' for an hour. More than 24 hrs later they both said that their legs were still really sore. If either of you want leg massages just let me know
. * Times are approximate - I didn't have a watch on.
My second nomination goes to the victim. Despite having suffered a severe head impact/concussion and possible shoulder location he not only held onto his paddle but helped kick swim into the eddy. Talk about a "good victim".
I'll remember this next time I contemplate throwing away my gear during a swim.