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Five Boaters Rescued From Snake River

Grand Teton National Park

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While conducting an afternoon scenic float trip on the Snake River last Friday afternoon, a Triangle X Ranch river guide rescued five boaters after their 12-foot Tributary raft hit a downed tree lodged in a channel near the historic Bar BC Ranch and flipped upside down. All five rafters were thrown into the fast- flowing water and ended up swimming until they could get to a riverbank and pull themselves from the current. Karen Pond was rowing her friend Mary Jo McNamee’s boat when she struck the downed tree with its ‘root ball’ facing upstream. The strong current flipped the raft upside down and temporarily trapped some of the boaters underneath before they were able to swim away from the craft and get downstream, away from the tree and its branches. Pond and her fellow rafters began their float trip on the Snake River at Deadman’s Bar landing, about seven miles upstream of the accident. The Triangle X Ranch boatman called the Teton Interagency Dispatch Center to report the rafting accident and then helped the five women get aboard his raft and floated them with his onboard guests to the Moose landing, where rangers met them and determined that none needed medical care. River rangers expressed their appreciation for the help given by the Triangle X Ranch river guide. Park concessioners are often the first to arrive after a river accident occurs, and their ‘Good Samaritan’ rescues can help boaters who may otherwise be stranded or in need of medical attention before rangers can reach a remote river location.


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