Written by Tessa Smeigh
copyright November 2015
“Heave-ho,” yelled Joe the head of the “Floating Joe’s.” Joe was in charge of a group of rafts. They were practicing for a race against another group in a few days.
At his yell they all got in place for the long set of rapids in this area. This happened to be the most dangerous area of the whole trip and it was necessary to practice it. Someone always fell out. Both teams had problems here and it basically amounted to how many rafts made it intact to the end of the race.
Just as it looked as if all would make it this time, Justin tipped over and started struggling. Joe paddled over to the area, but Justin was already being sucked down the rapids.
Just then they saw Justin stop moving and bouncing around in one area. He had found a tire stuck between a tree and a rock outcrop and managed to grab it. He held on for dear life.
Joe and one of the others came up behind him and grabbed the tire as well. They pulled him over and into Joe’s raft. Joe immediately took off for the end. The practice was over.
Justin was lucky. The medical crew couldn’t find a thing wrong with him, but they took him by ambulance to the hospital to be checked out.