^^The last group that went on Monday. Devin, Patrick, Tyne, Callie, and Bryce.
^^This is a pic from Saturday doing the same run, but where the raft is in this pic is probably close to where Devin fell out because it was at the top before the rapids started.
See the unraveling below (taken by Race from the rocks along the river):
^^And there he is...already so far away.
Callie said that at one point, with Devin gone, Patrick had them all "hunker" which means get down in the center of the raft. This was because for how much they were getting thrown around, their paddling efforts weren't worth the risk of losing someone else.
I don't have any more pictures because the next hour was spent running around like chickens with our heads cut off getting dry clothes, food, and water for him and asking him millions of questions to make sure he was okay. If you know Devin, you know this probably drove him crazy. Luckily once he was dry and able to just sit in the truck for a little while with some food and water he felt tons better. I was so scared to let him drive his truck to the spot where we were picking up the raft, but he absolutely insisted - saying it would help him get more energy/awareness. I reluctantly let him and he was right - it kept him from falling asleep and he felt much better as time went on.
He still doesn't know how exactly he fell out, and neither does anyone else - it happened so fast at such a random time that they didn't realize he DID fall out until too late. It was his 3rd time going down that rapid that weekend even. I'm not glad that it happened to him, but he is a really strong swimmer so I would have hated to see it happen to someone who might not have been and see things end worse. At first Devin said he was never going rafting again - but I knew that wouldn't exactly be the case because he loves that stuff too much! So, soon after getting home, he found someone on Craigslist selling a rafting helmet and a 25lb test life jacket. He's now prepared for anything :)