Man missing after falling into the Colorado River |

Man missing after falling into the Colorado River

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Eagle County Sheriff's Office | Special to the Daily

STATE BRIDGE – Rescuers spent Sunday looking for a 31-year-old man from the Denver area who fell into the Colorado River at State Bridge.

The man was with a friend Sunday morning when he entered a shallow area of the river near the old bridge trestle, said Shannon Cordingly, of the Sheriff’s Office.

“He was extremely intoxicated, as was the friend he was with,” Cordingly said.

The rescue effort began just before 10 a.m., when the 911 call was made. The call was placed about an hour to an hour and a half after the man fell into the water, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

No trace of the man was found during Sunday’s search, which extended five miles downriver, Cordingly said. The search was suspended at 8 p.m. Sunday and will resume at 8 a.m. today.

The river is running very high – at 8,590 cubic feet per second at State Bridge on Sunday.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Mountain Rescue, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Gypsum Fire Protection District, TriState Care Flight and the Eagle County Ambulance District assisted with rescue operations.

A helicopter from TriState Care Flight was searching three to five miles from the man’s last known location. Summit County Dive Team and the Colorado Army National Guard also joined the effort.

Authorities are not releasing the man’s name, pending notification of his family of the incident. He was staying in the State Bridge area Saturday night, Cordingly said.

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