Body in river identified as man swept into river at Glenwood Canyon
Vail, CO, Colorado
PARACHUTE, Colo. – A body discovered last Friday and pulled from the Colorado River near Parachute has been identified as Taylor Chisholm, 20, of Covington, La.
Chisholm was working for the Glenwood Canyon Resort near No Name, east of Glenwood Springs, when he fell into the swollen and rapid waters of the Colorado River on June 2.
According to a news release from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the body was seen at approximately 12:20 p.m. last Friday by a local resident, who called the authorities. The concerned citizen reported seeing what he believed to be a body floating downriver near Rulison. The Garfield County coroner positively identified the body on Wednesday.
Chisholm disappeared when he and two other Glenwood Canyon Resort employees were attempting to transfer some equipment across the river via an old pulled-system cable basket. When the cable basket made contact with the water, the three men were knocked into the river. Two made it back to shore, but Chisholm was swept downriver in the fast-moving current. The cable basket is roughly a 4-by-6-foot platform and does not have side rails.
None of the occupants were wearing personal floatation devices.
At a press conference on June 3, Glenwood Canyon Resort owner Kevin Schneider said that floatation devices are not standard operating procedure when using the cable basket to haul equipment across the river. He added that the cable basket has been used to haul gear and equipment across the river for close to 30 years.
Neither the cable basket nor the accident were connected to the recently completed zipline attraction at Glenwood Canyon resort.
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue spent two days searching the river for any sign of Chisholm, but suspended the search due to the dangerous river conditions after the second day.
Chisholm’s father, Patrick Chisholm came to Glenwood Springs on June 5 to make a plea for the search to be continued.
While the search by authorities was called off, employees with Glenwood Canyon Resort continued searching the river using their rafts.
At that time, Patrick Chisholm said his son had been in Colorado for about five weeks. He was a college student at Louisiana State University.