Hoback River blocked again; dirtbag steals AED

By Jim Stanford on August 10, 2011

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Update 8/11: The tree is gone. The AED is still missing.

The tree had rendered the Hoback all but impassable. Click to enlarge.

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 info@snakeriverfund.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)

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9 Comments so far

  1. D August 10, 2011 9:16 am

    WOW what a jackass. It will never be used by them and go to waste. In the mean time a life may be put in jeopardy.

  2. js August 10, 2011 1:38 pm

    AED likely was taken Sunday with dry bag, backboard straps, neck braces and head chocks for the backboard that are kept on Sheep Gulch ramp. Reward possible.

  3. Me August 10, 2011 6:48 pm

    Perhaps he will die trying to use it on himself…

  4. Aaron August 10, 2011 10:08 pm

    Charging 500, CLEAR!

  5. Skip August 11, 2011 10:54 am

    This is seriously dumb and heinous at the same time. I agree with “no questions asked”; no questions, but a good beating will suffice. And manslaughter charges if someone dies because of the theft.

  6. D August 12, 2011 11:22 am

    Skip agreed!!!

  7. JH Loke August 12, 2011 1:50 pm

    Can we all agree to cut the nuts off the perp w/a rusty swiss army knife?
    How moronic can you get? I am slowly losing my faith in humanity.

  8. AED August 16, 2011 3:09 pm

    That is so sad that someone would steal an AED. They should find a way to put some sort of tracking device on it or something.

  9. Conscience February 15, 2012 12:38 pm

    Certainly rotten of someone to steal that AED. However, I think some of the comments made about the unknown perpetrator, if taken seriously, would be more atrocious.

    Beating him? Cutting off his testicles? Charge with manslaughter?

    Also, I understand the writer of this article is angry, but I don’t think that justifies calling another human being “worthless.”

    All that said, I hope it’s returned and the best of luck in finding another. I’m glad to hear a person’s life was already saved by it. You can’t put a price on that.

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