From the accident report, the death in Kirshbaum was more than just suspected rope involvement. It was quite clearly the result of a rope in the water. Read it here:
American Whitewater - riverpage-visitor
That's why this kind of thing is so serious. I know that shit happens, but 4 ropes in one season in probably one of the worst spots not just in Gore but perhaps in all of Colorado, points to people being careless. What if your rope was the one that killed someone in 2000? That's the kind of respect you should be paying to your rope. I'm not blaming anyone or discouraging anyone from posting, but it makes me wonder how seriously people are taking their rescues. I heard that one rope was lost because someone had to dive in after what they thought was an unconscious victim. I can understand losing a rope in a situation like that, but there also needs to be due negligence finding it and getting it out as the water drops. And nobody should ever be putting on without their rope clipped into their boat and their bag securely closed.
On a more positive note, the weather and flows on Gore right now are superb for October.