Thanks for the info in your post, we were at the Yampa/Green takeout on 18th and had heard some ruff news reported to us via cellphone from friend listening to the 9news weak report on the subject.
We putin on the 14th and ran Warmsprings the day before this death.
Warm Springs Hole has been getting sticky and the table rock afterwards, called "Maytag" is very magnetic when the Yampa is running 7500cfs +
A 45 y/o Illinois man drowned when the raft he was in flipped over in Glenwood Canyon Sat. This happened around 4 pm near mile marker 122. The victim was thrown into the water, along with several other people, when his raft flipped over. People on another raft passing by were able to pull in all of the other passengers except for the victim. He was later pulled out of the river and given CPR, but rescuers were unable to revive him. This came from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.
Another man died at The potholes. One unidentified man was in the water and was struggling when a second man jumped in to assist and was sucked into the current and drowned. This came from the Mesa county Sheriff's office.
I was present for the Arkansas river incident on Pine Cree/S-turn Rapid and also participated in the Evacuation.
I was with 2 buddies kayaking the river when we stopped above Pine Creek Rapid to scout and watch other boaters descend the section. We watched a few kayakers run it and then TAC came through to the almost river wide hole with their 2 safety boaters. I didn't see the raft come in and hit the it but I did see the man recirculatiing in the hole. A safety boater (which I found out later was his son) came in the hole and got trashed on top of his Dad. The man was in there for about 10 - 15 seconds and was flusshed out. He grabbed the other safety boater and then got pinned on a rock river left between the kayak and the rock. They proceeded down S Turn in which the kayaker the man was holding on to got flipped end over end. I didn't see the man after that he entered the big last rapid. We proceeded to run the section and pulled out when the raft was pulling into the river right shore. I saw them pull a body out of the raft onto the shore so I popped my skirt and ran up. I told em I was First Reponder and an EMT with the trip (I think) told me they had been performing Compressions for 20 mins and EMS was called os I backed off. My buddies and I helped bring him up the hill to the Bus waiting on 24. It appeared that the care given to the man while he was on shore was done very nicely.
This was a very tragic incident and an amazing learning experience.
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone....please Stay Safe and use good safety on these swollen rivers.
All that has happened is sad. But you must remember that this is the biggest year we have had in 10 years. :lol: It's good and bad. We have growen as a sport ( KAYAKING/RAFTING/TUBEING/LIFEJACKING??? if they have a lifejacket???) into a big sport. We need to teach more safety. Everyone needs to know CPR!!! EVERYONE NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH BIG WATER!!! Don't go boating with people who don't know how ( or have ) a throw bag. Don't take people who know nothing about the river (comercial guides) when you might need them to save you. All in all be safe,have fun, and be able to have a BEER when your done.
When I stated comercial guides I did'nt mean the guides did'nt know what they were doing. They seem to take a lot of people who are not very expercinced. And I see it on the river. Pluse there are a lot of river guides with there heads up there @#$% BE SAFE EVERYONE
This may sound rude, but taking gapers down the river is how guides make a living. Yes, we try to make sure they are phsyically able to paddle harder stuff, but if they knew enough to be on the river themselves and hence rescue me, why would they hire a guide, or pay for a trip? Maybe I am miss-understanding you, but this is my thoughts, as someone who has made a summer living on the river for a few years now.
I agree with the above with one addition. KNOW how to use a rope bag. You can't just throw it at someone in the water, especially someone who might be panicking. Use your whistle (you should have one!?)... Get the swimmers attention. Practice multiple throws in rapid succession. Be adamant about getting that swimmer out as fast as possible. You don't have to be pinned underwater to drown.
Sorry guys did'nt mean it that way. Everyone should have a chance to be on the river. And I know you need to make a living also. I'v just seen some really bad decisions made out there. When I see one safety boater for 3 rafts with 6 people on them. going down dowd at 5ft Seems like we end up pulling more out than the safety boater. We're happy to help but what if we were'nt there. a 50-55 yo man would have a long swim. Thats bad decision making. You can't endanger people's life for money is all I'm saying. Chesterfield is right should have a Whistle but know how to use it right. someone just blowing it all the time does not help anything.
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