Rafter dies on Colorado River near Grizzly Creek
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A man died Saturday after falling from a raft into the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said.
A news release said Garfield County deputies responded to a call at 12:38 p.m. from a person who reported that a man had fallen from the raft east of the Grizzly Creek rest area.
The raft had been carrying two males and a female. The two people remaining in the raft were able to pull the man back in and began CPR while still in the raft. The raft landed at the Grizzly Creek rest area at approximately 12:42 p.m.
CPR was continued on shore, but the patient was unresponsive.
EMTs from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department got to the rest area at approximately 12:46 and continued to try to revive the man. Their attempts proved unsuccessful and they notified the Garfield County coroner.
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The name of the victim will be released by the coroner once the identity has been verified and the next of kin notified.
The Colorado River at Dotsero, upstream from the accident, was flowing at 6 p.m. Saturday at 11,000 cubic feet per second, at the high end of historic flows. The 75th percentile for that spot in the river is 8,510 cfs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The highest recorded was 16,000 cfs in 2011. The stretch is rated as a Class III rapids based on lower summertime flows.