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Hello Boating Community,

I heard a rumor there was a kayaker that was injured on the Poudre today. I have absolutely no confirmation on this...which is why I am asking: does anyone know anything?
 

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All I heard was he was alive and awake when rescue workers loaded him in the helicopter.
 

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On another note:

Thursday 5/20 I saw 2 young females in a small pool raft running FP w/ no life jackets and no head protection. Today 5/22 I saw these same 2 females running bridges. Same scenario, no vests or helmets. Around noon they were on FP again.

If anyone knows these girls. Will you please try to talk some sense in to them. The more times they play this dangerous game, their odds keep getting worse. This is recipe for disaster.
 

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we were there yesterday and search and rescue had a bass camp set up looking for the missing hiker, helicopters were all over.... hopefully this started the rumor and not an injured boater.... hopefully.
 

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There was an accident today just up from Picnic Rock. From what I was told while we were there, was that a kayaker took a swim, and hit his head. I believe he was wearing helmet. They closed the river for a while so the Larimer County Dive Rescue team could set up and transport the injured man across the river. The injured man was then helivaced out to a local hospital.

Our prayers and best wishes goes out to the man and his companions.



PS... the LCDR did a GREAT job today, Kudos to the team, They were quick, efficient, and handled a bad situation with professionalism.
 

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FYI for All: It was a kayaker and his injuries were (apparently) a dislocated shoulder, a possible neck injury and probable (bad) concussion (he was having trouble answering simple questions so they stabalized him and got him to the hosp on the heli). However, I was also told he was moving all extremities.....so that's a BIG HUGE blessing. Thank goodness for helmets....and all of the good people of our river community (and trained health care professionals) that ensured his safety.
 

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I spoke with one of the kayakers in the group and the injured kayaker is doing well and resting at home today (Sunday). I am not going to say much more as I wasn't there, except to give props to the kayakers in his group and all involved in the rescue. Thanks to their skill and efforts a bad situation turned out as well as could be hoped.
 

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sorry about my post earlier.... obviously i didn't read it very well (poudre vs clear creek):rolleyes:
but linedawg you've boated with me you should know i don't read the lines well:mrgreen:
 

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I was leading this run and since some buzzards get off on reading about carnage I'll share our tale in brief.


We had 10 in the group with different skill levels. He was one of the more experienced boaters. We had two participants with medical training. We also had some participants who have been schooled in the ways of swift water and/or wilderness rescue. This isn't the first time I've been involved with something like this and I have say that our group self organized really well and worked great as a team, I felt proud and comfortable with the groups' response.


I heard that the LC Dive Team was having a practice session when they received the call to come bail us out so a lot of emergency personnel responded to this and I'm not sure where each was from or part of which group but my thanks to all for a professional effort and hope we provided good training for you. I know there was Fire EMS/EMT, Sheriff, Dive Team, park rangers and the helicopter squad from Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR). All the people and trucks were overwhelming but great. Great job everyone, thank you very much.

This was at a really innocuous spot on Filter Plant. The fellow came off a surf wave, flipped and rolled and flipped again, paused and then wet exited. We got him into an eddy on river right, across the river from the road. Despite his injuries he had held onto his paddle and also kicked swam to help his rescue boater get into the eddy. He has my respect ! He was not fully cognizant and complained of head and neck pain so we sent a runner for 911 and stabilized him (ie, two people held him so his head and neck wouldn't move.) He had on a WSRI helmet on that did not show any marked sign of impact but it's clear he hit his head.


Two rescue swimmers and an EMT showed up first (and quickly too). The rescue swimmers went over and we ferried over their Medical Kit (big and heavy), neck brace and a backboard on our kayaks. Not too long after this the Fire Rescue and the Dive Teams arrived and there were a lot of personnel and gear. The bank filled with people. Did I mention that there were a lot of rescuers ? More Fire/Rescue trucks than in a small town 4th of July parade. More rescue swimmers went across, ropes set up, a zodiac and EMT ferried over and the individual brought back and put on the Helo and taken to MCR. (hats off to the pilot for being able to put his craft down neatly in the middle of the road, at the bottom of that canyon on a windy day.) The victim was scanned, examined and determined to have a concussion and released from the hospital. A really wicked conclusion and some nasty bruises. Those with training who were first on the scene said that he did appear to have a dislocated left shoulder but that it must have reseated itself because it wasn't dislocated when he got to MCR. Thankfully this was all. Hell this was enough !


The Fire Chief, Incident Commander and a number of the emergency personnel complimented us on our handling of the situation both before and after they arrived. We weren't the usual set of victims they have to deal with.


Lessons learned:


Get some swift water rescue training. We had enough in our group that we were able to quickly self organize. Better yet you AND you buddy get some training because you might need rescuing some day. Pickup some first aid or first responder training too.


Always boat with a group. 3 or more is better.


If you're on the water and see a group working on someone stop, and see if they need help. We watched several kayakers go by and only one asked if we were ok.


If there's head or neck pain you must stabilize the victim immediately.



Have a Safely Meeting before getting on. How else will your buddy know to tell the EMT which medicines you are allergic to ?


This was an experienced boater who hit a rock underwater.
Sometimes we invite catastrophe ; Sometimes stuff happens.
Count your blessings, take care of the earth and love those around you.
 

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I forgot to nominate the MVP (Most Valued Paddler) during this incident. It took all of use to pull this off - from blocking river traffic so the dive team could get across to helping manage lines to ferry over the zodiac to stabilizing the victim, collecting gear afterwards to taking care of the victim's significant other who had to watch this all unfold. Trip members checked in with each other so we could account for everyone all the time and no one made themselves a second victim. It really was close to a text book example of how to do it.

Still, I have two MVP nominations.

First nomination goes to the two gals who held the victim stationary for what seemed like 20 or 30 minutes until he was put on a backboard and continued holding the backboard for another 15 or 20 minutes while the EMS crew worked on him and he was brought over to the road. The were in the water much of that time. One commented that is was like holding the Yoga pose 'Chair Position' for an hour. More than 24 hrs later they both said that their legs were still really sore. If either of you want leg massages just let me know ;-). * Times are approximate - I didn't have a watch on.

My second nomination goes to the victim. Despite having suffered a severe head impact/concussion and possible shoulder location he not only held onto his paddle but helped kick swim into the eddy. Talk about a "good victim".

I'll remember this next time I contemplate throwing away my gear during a swim.
 

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sounds like you guys did an excellent job in a "dynamic" situation. this is not to be undervalued.

for what its worth (not much, to be sure) you get my respect.

and thanks for posting. i am certainly not a carnage junkie, but i am always interested in how events play out. my job is based on 25% training, 50% experiance, and 25% thinking about honest accounts of "less than ideal" encounters-and how they were handled.

no matter how much education and theoretical experiance you may have.... every shitty deal has its own special smell. sounds like you guys (and gals!) did what you were supposed to do, because it needed to be done and because you were aware that these things could possibly happen. not alot of people can say that it honestly occured to them that "experianced" boaters can have exceptionally bad days.

well done, and thanks for putting up the report.
 

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Just got an e-mail from his better half and she said he's beat up, but feeling a little better. Just wanted to let everyone know that he's going to be OK.
Great job with the rescue. I'm glad everything went smoothly because it could have been a lot worse if it hadn't been for you guys working together and getting him out of there. Just goes to show that no run is really "safe".
 

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Injury on the Poudre 5/22

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the people involved in my rescue - even the ladies holding my head for hours. Without the quick response from fellow boaters in my group that day and all the service response teams I would probably be in worse condition today. Words can not express my gratitude and feelings for everyone who helped that day!

Mavv
 

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Many Thanks for Kind Words About LCDRT

Folks, I just wanted to express sincere thanks to all for comments about the Larimer County Dive Rescue Team. We were conducting a Swift Water Rescue Technician class on the Poudre at Watson Lake when this incident occurred and immediately pulled all personnel to respond so rapidly (hence most of us were still in our wetsuits!). This mission went excellently from our perspective as Poudre Fire Authority arrived first on-scene with two of the most exerienced Swift Water Rescue Technicians they have (both are SW instructors and members of our team also) and assumed incident command. The Larimer County Sheriff's Emergency Services, the ambulance service, Flight-for-Life out of the Medical Center of the Rockies and local law enforcement all deserve an "atta boy" also. The folks in the kayak group did precisely the right things, so many kudos to them as they were a key to a successful outcome!

I figured that this was a great opportunity to expend an invitation to anyone interested in joining our team. LCDRT is a 100% volunteer team that operates under the Larimer County Sheriff's Office providing water rescue (dive, swift water and ice) to citizens of Larimer County. Your boater community is comprised of precisely the kind of folks that we would love to have. We are hosting an open house at the Larimer County Emergency Services Cache at 1303 N. Shields, Ft. Collins on Saturday, June 12th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and I cordially invite anyone to stop by to meet the team. Our regular team meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at the ES Cache at 7:00 pm. You can find out more about the team at our web site at www.lcdrt.org or drop us an email if interested at [email protected].

Again, many thanks to all involved in that mission on May 22nd and I hope to see some of you on June 12th!

Jim Stewart-Dive 18
Training Coordinator
Larimer County Dive Rescue Team
 
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