Originally Posted by bucketboater
Nice vid, I put in on the 14th, was in the 80's all weekend. How people get into trouble on the rogue always amazes me. Why didn't you row out and pick up your friends and then bump the boat to shore. You were lucky blossom has little current or you would of supermaned out of your boat when the slack ran out. I have only thrown one rope and have picked up many swimmers in my time. A rope can only help one person and comes with a good bit of risk.
BB- thanks for the analysis.
Timing a rope throw is a lot more of a sure thing for me than timing running my boat out into the current to intercept a passing boat.
I was pretty confident the flipped boat would self-eddy out in that big left side eddy down below (as it did) but felt it was a good idea to get the inexperienced passenger out of there in case it missed the eddy and proceeded into the Devils Staircase.
Other consideration was the other boats coming down - the rower of the nude Sotar SB reported the following blue cat was also in trouble.
Fortunately that turned out to be just stuck on a rock and not another flip.
In any case, I opted to remain in a position to offer assistance to the rest of the crew as opposed to giving chase to the first boat.
Agree deployed ropes can generally be a concern, but saw little risk in this situation where I was able to simply pendulum the swimmer to shore.