Apple pie rapid has a notorious sieve on the left side, only in play at high water (over 5′). A member of our crew was pushed off line and happened to find the sieve, and pinned bow first, upside down. Fortunately he was able to hold himself up on a log that was stuffed under the rock already. But the log was also preventing him from being able to pull his sprayskirt, so he was essentially stuck. I realized he was in a bad situation and tried to get to him as quickly as possible, leaving behind my throw rope in my boat as I was focused on getting to him and stabilizing him. When I got to him I tried to grab him but the water was too deep and turbulent to safely reach him in the sieve. Thankfully another member of our crew was right behind me with a rope that we were able to get to him, and pull him out of his shoes and through his sparayskirt. In hindsight, I should have taken the extra couple seconds and grabbed my rope, something I will make sure I do from now on. We were abe to extract the kayak with a z-drag. Swift water rescue is an integral part of running whitewater, you never know when you will find yourself in a life or death situation. It is always good to be prepared for whatever may happen, and just hope you don’t need it. Stay safe out there folks.
This post was created with our nice and easy submission form. Create your post!