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Old 08-17-2011   #1
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Colorado River Fatality

Rafter drowns on Colorado River - The Denver Post

I wonder what happened. My condolences to the family.

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Old 08-17-2011   #2
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The article is a bit short on detail, but it sounds like he got tangled up in some wood.

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Old 08-17-2011   #3
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The embedded link has more detail but still pretty thin. That stretch of river tends to be seen as innocuous and claims lives nearly every year. So sad.
On the river, I can abandon who I am and what I've done. However brief it lasts, while on the river I am nothing important and everything insignificant. I am flotsam, and happy to be so.
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Old 08-17-2011   #4
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Man drowns in Colorado River |
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Old 08-17-2011   #5
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theirs a bad strainer after the walk way bridge low hanging tree and ahead of that a bunch of trees gathered, alot of people are just buying tubes and cheap rafts and not paying attention to whats goin on. rangers are even out there telling people to go right and around but everyone's a hot shot to bad shit like this happens feel terrible for the family.
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bummer... my condolences.......
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Old 08-18-2011   #7
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Local paper this morning said he had a pfd on, but he was in a tube (said others were in "rafts", but I'm thinking walmart pool toy type)and sounded like he had some physical limitations. With a real raft, strainers can still kill, but you have a lot better chance of avoiding them unless river-wide. Even a strong healthy person is going to have a hard time maneuvering quickly in a tube and a pfd doesn't help if you're trapped underwater.

The story also said the group had been down on Saturday and said the "60 foot tree" that cased the accident wasn't there. The river is so low now, I'd be surprised if that size of debris is still getting moved very far; not to mention the sheriff has been warning floaters about that area for weeks now.

So sorry for the family - it sounded like he was a nice young guy.
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Old 08-18-2011   #8
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Here is the detailed article:

River rips man, 22, from father |
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Old 08-18-2011   #9
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Very sad.

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