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Old 06-24-2011   #21
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The local news media reports on rafting accidents in Colorado every season - high water or not. They typically report the facts, more or less as they get them, and relay safety warnings from the local authorities - sherriff depts, etc.

To the extent that they remind the general public that whitewater boating is a high risk sport, and a higher risk sport at big flows, what they're doing is more or less appropriate, in my view. Some people should be scared away from the river this year - at least while we're experiencing historic runoff.

Every death on the river is a tragedy. Condolences and best wishes to all involved, and friends/family. Terrible thing.

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Old 06-24-2011   #22
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so where'd they flip?? i read in the paper they rode up on a wall and flipped. was it tunnel/crystal wall or was it actually in mish falls?

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Old 06-25-2011   #23
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I read in the Longmont paper this morning (Sat, 25 July) that the autopsy indicated death due to drowning AND complications due to heart disease. It looks like, with a stronger heart, the outcome might have been different.

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