Woman dies while rafting on Upper Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY — Shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, first responders from Eagle and Grand counties responded to reports of boats and people pinned in the Boneyard Rapid between Yarmony and Rancho del Rio on the Upper Colorado River.
The boaters were in a large private group from the Edwards area with several boats and kayaks on the excursion.
As the group approached the Boneyard Rapid, one boat became high centered on an already abandoned raft that was pinned on a rock. As the occupants of the boat began to swim out of the rapid, one female in the group became trapped.
Emergency responders from the Eagle and Grand counties, volunteers and boaters began work on the rescue. By 5 p.m., a woman in her early 30s was pulled from the river, but was not responsive to CPR efforts.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the community and river enthusiasts to stay safe in the river.
Spring and summer bring warmer temperatures, snowmelt, runoff and high water in mountain streams and rivers. The dangers of high-water runoff can be fatal, as debris and river conditions change daily. It is important to be prepared, alert and familiar with proper safety equipment and how to rescue yourself and others when recreating in high-water areas.
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