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August 11 , 2012 - Rescue at Marten Rapids on the McKenzie River

Here is what happened on Saturday. (The times were taken from the times on my photos and videos.)

I was at Marten Rapids on the McKenzie River taking photos of all the boaters for West Coast Action Photos. I was just getting ready to wrap up when I saw another raft coming. I started shooting photos of them when they got closer at 5:07 PM. They were not in the normal channel through the rapids
and I said to myself, "I hope they know what they're doing."

They got in trouble pretty quickly and ran broadside into a rock. The raft was lodged there by the force of the water. At 5:08 PM they were climbing out of the raft onto the rock and I called 911 to get the rescue crew rolling. They were all wearing life-jackets (YAY!!!). My photos at this time became spotty because I was talking to dispatch rather than shooting photos so I missed a lot of the action.

I saw what I believed to be one adult and approximately six teenagers on the rock. The adult and one of the "teens" tried to free the raft. The "teen" was in the bow and I saw that the water was washing completely over the raft. I tried to signal to them that I was on the phone with 911 and they should just stay there but they kept trying to free the raft. The adult was on the rock when the raft started moving and no one else was able to get in. The "teen" was in the bow with a paddle and was swept downstream in the raft. The raft was damaged and did not have full air but I told the dispatcher that I thought he would be OK and would probably make it to the Helfrich ramp.

The dispatcher wanted me to go up to the parking lot to meet the rescue crew, she told me the chief was there, but I told her that he knows where to go and I was worried that something could happen while I was gone. She agreed and I stayed at the river.

A short time later, the adult apparently slipped off the rock and was swept downstream. A raft was coming through just then and I signaled to them to hurry downstream. I think they understood because it looked like they put some muscle into it. A bit later, I saw the adult coming back up the river bank so I knew he was OK. I don't know if the raft got to him or he made it to shore on his own.

I saw the McKenzie River Fire District Chief arrive and told the dispatcher he was there. She told me to go meet him so I did and she said I could get off the phone. I told the Chief that I don't want to keep meeting him and asked if he needed anything from me or if I could go back to work. He said he didn't need anything so I started shooting photos again.

The rescuers were getting organized and deciding what to do when another raft came by and saw what was going on. They maneuvered close to the rock where the "teens" were stranded at 5:37 PM and motioned to jump in. One made it but the raft was going too fast even though they were trying to go slow so no one else was able to make it.

The rescue boat came up stream but it looked like they weren't willing to try to get up the rapids because the water level has been dropping so much. They hung out just below the rapids in case anyone else went in the water.

At 6 PM, the two rescue swimmers came out to the island where I was shooting photos and started setting up there. I switched to video about 6:10 PM.

The rescue swimmers set up downstream from the stranded "teens". Each had a throw bag of coiled line and the rescue boat idled downstream from them. They had the "teens" jump off the rock one at a time and threw the throw bag to them to haul them in. Two couldn't get the line and were picked up by the boat (I believe, I couldn't see it). All were rescued safely and everyone was headed out by about 6:30 PM.

McKenzie River Fire and Rescue did an awesome job and the "teens" showed a lot of guts to jump into the rapids from their safe rock.

Mark Lull
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