I told the first group of rescuers that I was with ava and they shirked me. The second group I came in contact with was at the bank. They knew we were guides because one gentlemen was yelling about "cocky ass guides", I tuned him out after he started with profanity. He never identified to me that he was a person in command other than the fact that he was yelling. Before I actually crossed, a uniformed officer had made it down to the bank, but he never said anything to me. We were plainly and probably loudly discussing our plan to cross the river and the un-uniformed yelled at us to get back. None of the rescuers I saw were capable of crossing the river at this time, but my training made it an easy task. The rescuers also should know that all raft guides are first aid and cpr certified by law.
The communication I had with the rescuers from the far bank amounted to standing at the shore and yelling across over the roar of the water. I believe it was close to a miracle that the girl was able to make it to the shore and I felt that the chance of an injury that might not be assessed from 60 feet away, where the girl was perched on some scree, was high. I wanted to identify if there were any serious or immediate threats to her life and address them accordingly.
I am ACA basic swiftwater rescue certified, cpr/first aid certified, I used to hold a WFR and my First responder expired about 2 weeks ago.
The timeframe before I left the outpost was as such....some of this was related to me as I was not actually present for all
call came in that the boat had missed the takeout. Our assistant manager left in a van to assist. In the past, boats that miss the takeout are able to stop about a hundred yards downstream. It usually only required a painful takeout. High water made this difficult and other factors that I do not know because I wasn't there, made this difficult. One guide stayed with the guests that had not missed the takeout. The third guide on that trip pursued the boat by bus, attempting to rope them to shore. When the assistant manager arrived and found that the boat had gone further than expected he also pursued, calling the outpost. Upon finding that the raft had flipped and not all the passengers had made it to shore he called SR and our outpost. This is when we took action. I do not know how long it took for SR to get there, it is possible they could have been called by a passing motorist even earlier. When we arrived we found the bulk of the rescuers at the spot in which the bulk of the passengers had been rescued. A 13 year old and a 9 year old had not been rescued here. The 13 year old was still missing and the 9 year old was rescued slightly farther down by the original guide+bus driver pursuit team. They rescue swam her to shore as she could not hold the rope. There were assorted rescuers spread for what seemed to be about a mile scanning the river downstream, and for some reason, upstream of the flip. I believe that we located the 13 year old at the same time as a few of the rescuers that were walking the banks. I believe this because as soon as we heard her screaming, we pulled over and a few of the rescuers were running over at the same time. I did not notice any rescuers already at the bank as I descended the embankment and none of the rescuers I saw on the road were in a position to take action.
Their perception of our company was not a concern of mine. Rafting has inherent risks and just because an incident happens on the river with one guide, doesn't mean that the experience of the rest of our staff should be thrown away. Immediate action was needed and no one uniformed or identifying themselves as an incident commander told me I could not cross upstream.
I had no such confrontation. I know that the arguements were heated on the roadside. And the version that I heard was that some of the people involved in the rescue were using profanity toward our guides and aggressively chest bumping them to back them further from the scene. I cannot confirm any of this I did not have any physical confrontation with the rescuers nor did I resist arrest in any way.
I hope this clears up some of your questions.