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Old 06-21-2011   #1
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We lost a great girl today

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- Searchers have recovered a woman's body after her car plunged into the North Fork of the Big Thompson River Tuesday morning, authorities said.
At 11:17 a.m., state troopers responded to a report of a car in the river at mile marker 11 on Larimer County Road 43, northeast of Estes Park, said Colorado State Patrol spokeswoman Trooper Heather Cobler. The road, which twists through the river canyon, is also known as Devil's Gulch Road. Troopers found a 1999 Ford Escort had gone off the road and landed on its roof in the river, she said.

The car was empty, but a search-and-rescue team soon found a woman's body about 1 mile downstream, Cobler said. The body was taken to the Larimer County Coroner's Officer for confirmation of the woman's identity and an autopsy, she said. There's no evidence than anyone else was in the car, Cobler said, but investigators are talking with the woman's family to make sure there were no other victims, Cobler said.

This was a very special friend of mine who was on her way to visit for a week. I had actually planned a paddle stroke lesson today in Estes Park to begin teaching her the basics! I had taken her down confluence last year when nothing else was running. This was her first, and as it turns out only time in a kayak.

Though most of us “river folk” would know how to react in this situation, many of our loved ones would/do not. Never had I thought about teaching her what to do in a situation like this. Please take some time to pass on your knowledge.

As many of you know it takes a special mentality to step out onto a river in a kayak that only those of us who have can understand. I lost a special friend today and we lost a lovely young lady willing to step-up and learn the challenge of kayaking.

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Old 06-21-2011   #2
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Sorry man

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends family.


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Old 06-21-2011   #3
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Theres not much advice that can be given. But know we are here for you bro. You are not alone. And neither is she. Remember them for how they would want remembered and like the river continue downstream. It's Okey to float through pool every now and than but remember to peal out and live it, now...

Praying for you and the family gannon!
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Old 06-22-2011   #4
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Sorry to hear about this Gannon. Hang in there.
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 06-22-2011   #5
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Sorry for your loss.
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Old 06-22-2011   #6
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Gannon, so sorry to hear this news. Prayers for everyone involved.
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Old 06-22-2011   #7
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OMG that is horrible to hear. so sorry
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Old 07-03-2011   #8
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So sorry for your loss.

It surprised me that nobody saw this happen in time to realize there was a driver in need of assistance. It's a back road, a challenging road because it is narrow and winding in spots, but a lot of people, especially bicycle riders, take it as a scenic route to Estes Park.

A couple of winters ago there was a similar accident along that road because Hwy 34 was closed for a bridge replacement. The county announced that folks should get to the flat lands via Hwy 36 through Lyons and they weren't going to do special winter maintenance of the Devil's Gulch Road to accommodate the closure because it is too winding and small a road for a lot of traffic in winter conditions. But a woman had a Dr. appointment in Fort Collins and went that way, spun out on the ice and her car landed upside down in the river. A couple of guys driving by saw it happen and immediately jumped into the icy water and saved her.
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Old 07-03-2011   #9
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I'm sorry for your loss, I hope you have a good network of friends to process this with...
So sorry to read a story like this....
"You know that old trees just grow stronger and old rivers grow wilder, everyday..."
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Originally Posted by troutbend View Post

It surprised me that nobody saw this happen in time to realize there was a driver in need of assistance. It's a back road, a challenging road because it is narrow and winding in spots, but a lot of people, especially bicycle riders, take it as a scenic route to Estes Park.
One would think this is true, but a couple of years ago we had a woman drive off the Dillon Dam Road in a snow storm just before the lake froze. In an instant she was off the road, plunged into the lake and sank to the bottom. Her tracks covered by snow in less than 5 minutes, the next car that came along had no idea what had just happened mintutes before.
She was reported missing and the county searched for her months. Not until spring did the search and rescure start looking again and found where the trees were broken over and the gardrail twisted. They pulled the truck and her from the lake the very next day.
Freak accidents happen all the time, you cant always be prepared for them.

But I am sorry to hear about the loss of a life in such a tragic way.

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