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Old 06-06-2010   #1
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Trouble on Upper Clear Creek?

We were driving down the Clear Creek Canyon and about (3:30pm?) a mile or two past Double Knife there was swift water rescue, police, ambulance, and a lot of confused people.

Anyone know what happened?


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Old 06-06-2010   #2
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I was up there climbing. There was a group of 5-6 kayakers, one of them was swimming and got out betweent tunnels 5 & 6. She seemed fine and started walking toward the takeout (she refused an offer of a ride). Her boat was last seen by me entering Blackrock Rapid. Not sure how far it went after that.

Then, a commercial trip came by and pulled a swimmer into their boat. Swimmer looked shaken but ok. Shortly after, an overturned raft came down along with a couple other commercial boats. I didn't see any more swimmers and the guides didn't seem panicky, but Clear Creek rescue folks started mobilizing and sending rescuers upstream around tunnel 6. My guess is some swimmers ended up on the wrong side of the river, but that is pure speculation. Judging by the demeanor of the guides, i would say the swimmers were fine.

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Thanks...sounds like more confusion than anything. I think I did see her boat (orange creek boat?) going through black rock...

Thanks for the info!
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Old 06-06-2010   #4
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Any idea what happened to the idiot with the pool toy, life jacket, and paddle? He had plans to just run a 100 yd stretch. I tried to talk him out of it, but saw the pool toy floating down later. Hope he's ok, and gets smarter soon.
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There was also some local people (Clear Creek County FD) doing SW training yesterday, that might have accounted for the number of people that you saw.
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I think it was an orange Hero.

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