Originally Posted by OregonianRG
The guy on the oars got right back on the horse and rowed the rest of the way. His passenger ruptured his spleen ( not bad enough to fly him out). He also dislocated his lower floating rib. The doctor put it back in place. He broke two other ribs and bruised his kidney and I think his pancreas. When he started shitting blood at camp we got a bit worried, but that was brief. His stomach did not get extended or swell up much. We wrapped him with plastic wrap, which he wore the rest of the trip. I think that helped alot. He is one tough dude. He is going to be OK.
Good to hear that Mr. Toad's Wild Ride didn't scare the oarsman off his boat. Those kinds of experiences either make you determined to improve your boating skills, or freak you out of the sport entirely. I'm betting he listened to your advice on which lines to run the rest of the trip. I'm glad your injured passenger ended up ok. I probably would have insisted he fly out at the B after the pooping blood thing. As a nurse, that would have worried me too much.
Thanks for posting the video. Lots of stuff to think about in that scenario. At one point, it looked like they were kind of straight, and a well placed oar stroke might have busted them out, but the up stream oar wasn't visible, and he was struggling to get the downstream oar back in the oar lock. I know from experience that dealing with an oar in those hydraulics is a bitch. After watching them spin and buck for several minutes I kept thinking that a flip and swim would be the only way out. I'm curious to hear what people think about whether a rope to the boat would have helped or not? With only two guys on the rope I'm not sure???
You all survived and got home, so that's the most important thing.