Having also run the BSF several time, agree with these comments. It's been a long time and memory is fuzzy but I'm thinking this was Washing Machine in the Big Three? Or is is El?The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River is on the escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau dividing Middle and East Tennessee. Given the recent weather they've had there that water was likely to be extremely cold - early runoff cold and could be a contributing factor to a non-agressive swimmer.
Having paddled that section of river several times I can say that were the swim occurred is toward the beginning of the run and that they are down in a sandstone canyon with very few options to get out, none of which would be easy. My immediate thoughts were about hypothermia and the need to get that person warm - to my knowledge, most boaters in the southeast do not use drysuits (no one I paddled with down there did, even in winter).
All in all the BSF is not overly challenging and is quite pretty. If you're into climbing the quantity of sandstone is lifetime and it is best accessed by boat.
I agree on the value to the video...Favre, the rescue could have been worse, but don't you also need to admit that it could have been better? Fortunately for all of us, we don't see rescue situations every day. And having something like this on film, especially from two points of view, provides an invaluable opportunity to critique what went wrong and what went right. And hopefully that analytical process can help us all be more effective in our rescues in the future.
And with respect to the upstream rope, if you're suggesting that it may have been a net benefit, I do disagree - I think it did more harm than good.
Yeah, those guys could have caught a rope from below, clipped it to the upstream rope and then the downstream rope could vector pull her out/down. But live bait would habe been best choice, just trying to think through the fastest resolution with that nasty upstream rope. I bet those folks go take some rescue classes now.I think it really started before the swim. Her boat angle, lack of a powerful boof stoke, and ever her selection of where to run the drop all set her up to fail. Then she went into rafter mode and waited to get rescued.
When you end up in the drink your only thought should be to keep trying things until you can't try any more.
My real question is: What happened to the other three paddlers who were with helmet cam guy? They could have had two live bates going in the time the down stream guy reloaded.