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Old 06-15-2006   #1
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Another Commercial accident

Just read this:


GEORGETOWN - A man on a rafting trip died on Clear Creek Thursday.

Authorities say 65-year-old Michael Booth Russell fell out of his raft and was declared dead after being pulled out of the water. Russell, of Potomac Falls, Va., was pulled from the water at 10:30 a.m., according to the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office.

Rafting outfitters in the area say the creek, fed by melting snow from the mountains, is running at near peak levels.

Russell's death follows at least three boating deaths recently in Colorado.

Thirty-four-year-old Robert Locke of Golden drowned beneath a logjam on May 28 while kayaking on the swift-moving Anthracite Creek in the Marble area.

Also over Memorial Day weekend, a 57-year-old Gypsum man died after his raft flipped in the near peak flows on the Eagle River. A 30-year-old Boulder man was also presumed to be dead after disappearing during a kayak trip through Vallecito Creek near Durango.

My condolences to the family...

Anyone else notice that a lot of accidents this year involve people over age 55?

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Old 06-15-2006   #2
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holy crap, dont forget about the deaths on Westy and the Royal Gorge this week too....

my condolences to the family though, its horrible when something "fun" like a raft trip goes bad.....

lets just hope we can get through the rest of the season without any further incidents....

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Originally Posted by yetigonecrazy
lets just hope we can get through the rest of the season without any further incidents....
Hell yes.
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Old 06-15-2006   #4
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Was this a week ago today? Happened just below Lawson? Don?
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Old 06-15-2006   #5
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Ok i'm a river raft guide at another company and heard the whole story the person fell out in the rapid seris call phoinex s orry for the wrong speel in a hurry but they hit their head and the raft was unable to get to that person till the fish ladders which is a really long way down stream, also there was a cardic problem with another campany today as well.
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Old 06-15-2006   #6
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Specifics would be great if anyone knows for sure! as rumors are flying in the county?

I heard two people died,
then heard one was receiving CPR while antother floated by face down
then heard only one person died!

Condolences go out to all those involved!
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Old 06-15-2006   #7
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when the lawson gauge is at 850 in the a.m. i realy have to wonder wtf he was doing on the trip in the first place. i rentaguided on today's afternoon trip for the outfitter who had the fatality this morning and there was another old man on this trip. i told them he shouldn't be on the creek at high water and he certaintly wouldn't be getting in my raft.

just because someone has fifty bucks doesn't mean they should go rafting. there have been alot of accidents and fatalities commercially including on the kilickitat in washington (double fatality, including veteran guide/owner) and the south fork of the payette in idaho. all high water or flood stage. of these 4, only the man who died on the payette was under 50. i don't have a problem "red-flagging" gapers and i wish other people didn't either. i'd rather face a discrimination suit than a death anyday. killing people isn't fun.

if i'd known it was gonna be that kinda party...
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Old 06-15-2006   #8
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yea I cut a trip off as a guide taking people down in a ducky from lawson to the park on clear creek, they told me they had experience but after 100 yards i pulled the plug and gave them their money back, later that night i guess one of them got hurt on nomad and had a ambulance come, so you never know just use your judgement on taking people down the river it's not all about money it's the experience.

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