If you are at the park on Thursday, May 22, head over to the Happy Isles Bridge from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Rangers and Search and Rescue (YOSAR) will be showing swift water rescue techniques. Despite the risk of hypothermia, rescues are possible if done soon enough.
The most reliable technique is the stringing of a rope across the river. This is called a “highline.” Once it is secured, a person is able to move out over the person to grab them and get them over to the shore. It is very dangerous for both.
YOSAR is one of the most active search and rescue organizations in the country. This kind of training will get them ready for a busy summer season. We hope that visitors will not see the low water as an invitation to get in “over their head.”
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “He who burns his bridges better be a damn good swimmer. “ – A wise old man
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com