By Jim Stanford on August 10, 2011
Update 8/11: The tree is gone. The AED is still missing.
For the second time in three weeks, a tree has washed in and blocked the Hoback River, creating a dangerous hazard for boaters.
The new tree is lodged across the river above Sheri’s Ledge, a popular spot for swimming and jumping from a tall tree on the left bank. The river constricts at this point, creating a rapid kayakers call Baby Lunch Counter.
Dave Cernicek, Bridger-Teton National Forest river manager, reported that seven tubers were caught on the tree yesterday. Everyone made it off the river safely. With flows still higher than usual on the Snake River and its tributaries, Cernicek cautioned that tubers may want to avoid larger streams.
Also, downstream in the Snake River Canyon, someone has stolen an AED from the Sheep Gulch boat ramp. Raft guides and Bridger-Teton river rangers used this AED last summer to save the life of a teen who had suffered a heart attack.
If anyone has knowledge of the worthless idiot who took the AED, please call Cernicek at 307-413-2010, email firstname.lastname@example.org or have them return it to a boat ramp, no questions asked. If not, the Snake River Fund again will have to raise the money to replace it.
(Photo via Bridger-Teton National Forest)