Saturday August 1, was the first time I saw anyone in the water on the Kenai. A pair of UAA students attempted the river in a rented UAA canoe. When going under the Sterling Hwy bridge, they turned the canoe sideways to the current and almost immediately went into the water. They fortunately were wearing PFD's and made it all the way around Schooner Bend. That's where we lost sight of them and correctly assumed they got out of the water. Because we were almost headed into Schooner Bend when we saw them flip, there was little we could do but direct them to a safe and shallow area. We rescued the canoe downstream and bailed it out. From there we towed it to Sportsman's Landing and left it at the gate. Fortunately they had secured some of their gear in dry bags but even that effort was compromised by not sealing the bag properly.
Then we were in a braid below the power lines about 2 hours later when here comes an upside down zodiac with a 40 HP motor submerged and dragging. One cell of the Z was compromised. I'd love to hear the story behind that one.