Interesting enough, the Daily didn't have its story straight:
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Lakota did the right thing
Regarding the article in the Vail Daily June 20, I feel that significant errors were made in the reporting of the rafting incident on Thursday morning.
First, as a matter of protocol, to prevent an inaccurate account of what took place, we do not comment on our trips until completely debriefing of all guides and drivers.
As to the specific raft trip that took place on the Eagle River, in fact no rafts actually flipped at Dead Cow rapids. The last boat of a three-boat trip rode up on a river hydraulic, spilling some guests out of the raft. The guide quickly responded and began pulling guests back into the boat. The next closest raft came to the aid of the first boat but washed up against a debris pile along shore inducing a hyside maneuver. As a result, some guests from that raft spilled into the water but a few selfrescued (swam to shore) while others were pulled in by another raft. All guests were quickly gathered up and accounted for. One guest who initially swam to shore was slightly panicked and flagged down a passing motorist. Although acting with good intentions, the motorist unnecessarily called 911 on his own accord. Our guides quickly responded as professionals, taking control of the scene before fire and Sheriff officials had even arrived. No response was necessary and no actions were taken.
It is unfortunate that some guests had fallen into the river but on occasion it does happen and all commercial companies prepare their guests via the “safety talk.” Also, commercial raft companies in the valley pay extra attention to higher-than-average river flows and other extraneous conditions, and based on these collectively, opt to not offer trips on particular sections or avoid specific rapids. Often minimum ages are increased as river levels rise.
Lakota Guides takes the extra step to insure that all guides and safety boaters are certified swift water rescue technicians.
Leslie and Leslie Mashburn, owners
— Two Private kayakers flipped on a rapid Saturday and dumped 2 people into the Eagle River.
”No one was injured”, said Cliffyleft, a renowned swimmer of Colorado Class III Whitewater.
The 2 kayakers flipped after they went through “Interstate Rapid,” a small stretch of laterals/small holes between Eagle and Wolcott. Interstate is typically considered class III in difficulty, on a scale of one, the easiest, through six, the most difficult.
The two had swam to shore before authorities could be notified. With the help of two other boaters their Kayaks were easily recovered” It is unclear why either of them did not successfully complete their Rolls. An independent investigation has been started.
“We didn’t have to call up a search and rescue. It was not an ordeal,” said Cliffyleft. The incident happened after Cliffyleft failed to follow a rather easy line that he had had scouted less then an hour before.
In all seriousness, we did lose one paddle so if found please PM me.
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