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Old 05-10-2013   #1
 
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Motor Rig leaves passengers at Phantom this afternoon

A commercial J-Rig left 18 passengers at Phantom Ranch on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon this afternoon and took itself on downriver. The boat was recovered and parked at Salt Creek, only five miles below Phantom. A commercial motor rig is leaving Lee's Ferry tomorrow morning to dead head the 88 miles to Phantom Ranch to pick up the commercial trip members. The passengers will be lodged at the Ranch in the meantime. The boat has little damage and though not confirmed, reports indicate the boat and its cargo of river gear is intact. The companies name is not being released at this time.

You all remember to tie up your boats, K?

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Refundable or humorous? I bet most go for refund.
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Dunno. Given that all the comm-ops recommend their folks buy trip insurance, I betcha they plan on catching up to the Whitmore helipad schedule and flying the folks out right on time.
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Well, if you are going to be stranded from your raft,

The Ranch is not a bad place to wait out rescue!!!!!
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Wow, That is crazy. Good thing Phantom can accommodate them. Personally I'd rather be stuck anywhere BUT phantom, but without their gear I guess that is an OK spot- ouch!
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Trying to find out if NPS flew their gear back up to the Ranch. The adventure begins when the outcome is uncertain... yours, tom
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Would appreciate a link - NPS or other - if you come across one.

Was standing in Signature Cave on the Yampa one day when one of our guests asked "is that one of our boats?" 5 of 6 guides had tied up well... One frantic sprint and Baywatch style dive into the river later, we caught it before it went around the corner.
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Maybe NPS will do a press release tomorrow...

Reminds me of the story from Dock Marston's motorcade in the Big Water Little Boats book from the chapter on the 126,000 cfs summer of 1957:

"At Lava Falls, while the entire crew was up on a bench high above the river scouting the rapid, the bowline holding the Boo Too to shore came undone.
The helpless river runners stood on the scout rock and watched in disbelief as the crewless boat went through Lava without them, capsized, and headed downriver upside down. Dock and his crew caught the errant boat six miles below, losing two cameras and much film footage."
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Here is the latest from the River Outfitters Trade Association:

Yes, a single commercial boat at Phantom pulled out the tie up bush (which had been used by everyone for years) and floated away leaving crew and passengers at Phantom. NPS located the boat just below Horn in fine shape with all supplies and secured it. And yes, the bowline found with proper knot intact. It was decided prudently not to fly crew or passengers to the boat last night, and Guests and crew are all fine enjoyed a night at Phantom. Another boat was launched early this morning from Lees Ferry, expected to be at Phantom later today and will catch everyone back up to their original boat to continue their exciting journey. Great thanks to NPS and Phantom for their terrific help! And thanks to many others for their curiosity and concern -
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Even with the bush ripping out that is still a beer fine.
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