One missing after accident on Colorado River near No Name
Glenwood Springs, CO, Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Three people were swept away in the fast moving Colorado River near No Name Wednesday afternoon, and one man is still missing.
According to a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Wednesday evening the search was called off for the night and will continue today.
The news release said that three people were attempting to cross the river in an old cable basket via pulley system just above the water’s surface.
Few details were released through most of the day, but one unconfirmed report indicated that a worker for Glenwood Canyon Resort had been swept into the Colorado River while attempting to cross in a cable car via pulley system that spans the river.
According to Garfield County Sheriff’s spokesman Phil Strouse, three men were crossing the river in an old cable car via pulley system, not the newly installed zip-line attraction at Glenwood Canyon Resort. He did not confirm that the missing man worked for Glenwood Canyon Resort, but said that the cable car is on the resort grounds, which is on private property, and the cable car is not open to the public.
“Due to the high water level, the cable car came in contact with the fast moving water,” Strouse said in a press release issued at 6:30 p.m. “The water tipped the device, and the man fell into the river. He and the others were not wearing personal floatation devices. The other two members were able to exit the river.”
The first call for the incident came in at 3:18 p.m. and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded shortly after to a river rescue in the Colorado River.
The approximate river flow on Wednesday was near peak runoff at a reported 8,010 cubic feet per second (cfs).
More than 15 search and rescue personnel, as well as the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation are involved in the operation.
Despite the Colorado River running at lower than normal levels this year, the river currents are extremely powerful and Strouse said that it still needs to be respected.
“Right now it’s high water and it’s moving fast, so anyone in or near the water needs to have personal floatation device on,” he said. “The big thing is, treat this river with respect, because this water will take you before you know it.”