Search called off for Indiana man missing on Poudre River in Colorado |

Search called off for Indiana man missing on Poudre River in Colorado

Christopher N. Osher
The Denver Post
Kevin Cripps, from Boulder, enjoys the high water at the Clear Creek Whitewater Park on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2010. Judy DeHaas, The Denver Post

Facing rushing waters, authorities Monday called off the large-scale search for a 25-year-old Indiana man who fell from an inner tube into the Cache La Poudre River on Sunday.

The effort to find Brandon Bowie underscored what authorities characterized as dangerously high levels for area rivers, which were flowing fast throughout Colorado due to melting snow.

Bowie of Gary, Ind., was tubing behind a friend when they hit a rough area of the Poudre River, said the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident occurred about 2 p.m. Sunday about 1,000 feet west of the Picnic Rock area.

The turbulence caused both of the tubes to flip. The friend grabbed onto some bushes and made it to shore. But as of Monday night, authorities had found no sign of Bowie or his inner tube.

Flows on the Poudre River were nearly three times faster than normal for the date.

About 40 Larimer County search personnel and a couple of search-and-rescue dogs looked for Bowie on Monday. Authorities said smaller searches would continue as conditions allow.

Elsewhere, spring snowmelt and water runoff swelled rivers, prompting authorities to issue caution throughout the holiday weekend.

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