Witnesses say man swept into river in Glenwood Canyon
Vail, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded late this afternoon for a possible river rescue in the Colorado River near the No Name area.
The Sheriff’s Office received a report at about 3:18 p.m. that a Caucasian male in his early twenties had fallen into the river.
Details were sketchy, but eye-witness reports indicated that a worker at the new Glenwood Canyon Resort zipline had been swept into the Colorado River, which is currently near peak runoff. The approximate river flow on Wednesday was 8,010 cubic feet per second (cfs).
According to Garfield County Sheriff’s spokesman Phil Strouse, the victim and two others were crossing the river in an old cable car via pulley system (not the zip-line) just above the river’s surface.
“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.”
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.
Search and rescue activities are continuing this evening. This story will be updated as more details become available.