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  •  I was camping at Bright Angel CG during one. (2+ / 0-)
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    Windowpane, RiveroftheWest

    A group of rafters got put into the campsite next to mine. They had lost one of their party to drowning in the river during the high flow. They had just been "debriefed" about the incident before spending the night there. I spoke with a man who had also been thrown out of the boat. He told me that he came up under the middle of the raft and was trapped in there by his life vest. ( PFD ) He said that try as he might he was helpless and stuck until the boat took another jog and he was spit out from underneath. He also told me that it was only due to his buddy grabbing him and pulling him back into the boat that he survived as hypothermia had already set in and he could hardly move a muscle. Here is a photo from that day. The park service boats were measuring the river flow. The one with the roof on it to the right in this photo was the body recovery boat that found the drowned man's body somewhere upstream from the bridge.

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