A very frosty start to the waiau this morning . Plenty of flow running around 115 cumex and rising, great run up with one boat passed Gareth Munro Down stream a different kettle of fish. Big gust of wind tipped us on our side and pitched us out onto the bank, a good 4 mins went by and off we go , last boat and humming along only to come across rick johnson swimming for his life, it was then that the first aid course kicked in and rescue time in full action . Pulling rick and brent , unconscious from the cold water is a massive awakening to how brutal this sport is . Medic was called and on the scene within minutes ! Massive thankyou to the promed team. The westpac chopper was now called and made very fast time from chch. Brent was flown to chch where he is in a stable condition.