Search in southwest Colorado continues for missing rafter who fell into Rio Grande River
DENVER — Authorities in southwestern Colorado are searching for a man who went missing after his raft overturned in the Rio Grande River.
Mineral County sheriff’s spokeswoman Stasha Rice tells The Denver Post that 33-year-old Zach Jones of Creede went missing at 12:40 p.m. Thursday. She says he was on a raft with two other people who are safe.
Thursday was the first day the river was open to boaters after having been closed due to dangerous conditions. Still, Rice says officials suggested only experienced boaters take to the water and that they use extra caution.
The river was closed to boating on Friday as the search continued. Searchers in rafts and on the banks of the river were aided by drones.
Jones is the second person to go missing on the Rio Grande this month. The body of a Colorado Springs hiker was found Monday after being reported missing 10 days earlier. Roberta Sophia Rodriguez, 38, was hiking with her boyfriend along Wolf Creek pass when she apparently tumbled into the river.
Talk about perfect timing. Beaver Creek Resort made the big announcement earlier in the week that it would open Saturday, four days ahead of schedule, and then the flakes started flying.