Posted by Anna Balser '13
The first paddling day on the Futaleufu in Patagonia, Chile brought us through rapids that peaked at a class III level of difficulty. In comparison to the rapids that lay ahead it was an easy run meant to acclimate us to the river. With this in mind, it came as a surprise to all when a raft flipped going through a class III, depositing 6 women and their guide Diego into the river. Safety kayakers and other rafts plucked the group from the water quickly and no one was hurt. The brief panic that enveloped the larger group subsided into retellings of and jokes about the flip. The women in the raft were dubbed the “Futa swim team,” and the other guides ruthlessly teased Diego about flipping in such an easy rapid.
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