Vallecito Creek Rescue
This was in the Durango Herald today. There is a video of some of the rescue on the papers home page durangoherald.com
Kayaker rescued from creek
by Garrett Andrews
Herald Staff Writer
Article Last Updated; Thursday, May 28, 2009
A lawyer from Pennsylvania was injured as he kayaked in Vallecito Creek, and he was extracted by emergency personnel up a 70-foot gorge.
The kayaker, Don Smith, 42, of Pittsburgh, was injured in the rapid Trash Can about two miles north of Vallecito Reservoir. He exited his craft in the rapid and swam out to the right side of the river, coming to rest about a half mile downstream, near the rapid Pick up Sticks. Butch Knowlton, director of search-and-rescue operations for the La Plata County Sheriff's Department, said Smith injured his lower leg.