One dead and one missing after a rafting accident on the Colorado River

One dead and one missing after a rafting accident on the Colorado River

A 56-year-old Denver man is dead and a 61-year-old Denver man is still missing after their raft capsized in the Gore Canyon area, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said.

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — One man is dead and another is missing after a raft capsized in the Colorado River Saturday, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said.

A 911 caller reported around 3:40 p.m. that a person was not breathing in the river in the Gore Canyon area south of Kremmling.

It was determined that there had been a rafting accident and that a bystander was performing CPR on a victim, identified as a 56-year-old man from the Denver metropolitan area, who was later pronounced dead by first responders.

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The sheriff’s office said it was also determined that another man, identified as a 61-year-old man from the Denver metro area, was still missing.

Responders deployed additional rafts, ground crews, unmanned aerial systems and a Union Pacific Railroad Hi-Rail to search the river and surrounding areas.

As of Sunday morning, he had not been found and search efforts continue.

A third person in the group was able to get out of the river safely and is located.

The Grand County Coroner’s Office will release the name of the man who died and determine the cause of death. The missing man’s name is being withheld until immediate family is notified.

Multiple agencies initially responded, including Grand County Search and Rescue, Grand County Emergency Medical Services, Bureau of Land Management, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle County Paramedics, Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department , Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and Vail Mountain Rescue.

On Saturday, June 1, 2024, at approximately 3:40 pm, the Grand County Communications Center received a 911 text message…

Posted by Grand County Sheriff’s Office – Colorado on Saturday, June 1, 2024

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