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Old 06-30-2011   #1
La Junta, Colorado
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Westwater death

An accident today at Skull rapid in Westwater canyon claimed the life of one person. I only know that the body was wrapped in a tarp at the takeout. Anyone have more information about this sad accident?

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Old 06-30-2011   #2
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Sad to hear. Thoughts out to the family

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Old 06-30-2011   #3
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So very sad.... I thought several weeks back the canyon was a little "quite" this year.

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Old 07-01-2011   #4
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Very sad to hear.
Also quite sobering because we just floated WW earlier this week and I swam the second half of Skull. Very turbulent water.

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Old 07-01-2011   #5
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Hmmm. I am a long time rafter but have only kayaked a few years.
We have a permit for this Sunday for Westwater. I am worried about Skull and the river conditions. Would you advise skipping this one?
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Old 07-01-2011   #6
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That was a tarp from our group. We came through Westwater just before their group. Keep your PFD tight, apparently this person came out of his...
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Old 07-01-2011   #7
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Really sad and condolences to the family and friends. Good reminder betdel.
"Let us cross the river to the other side and rest beneath the shade of the trees." ~ Last words of Thomas Jonathan ''Stonewall' Jackson
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Old 07-01-2011   #8
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Seems like a lot of river deaths this year.
the high water is not over yet.

Condolences to the family.
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Old 07-01-2011   #9
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Nothing in the news about it yet. Very sad, condolences to the family. RIP
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Old 07-01-2011   #10
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Westwater Canyon is an exciting and very serious place regardless of the water level. My condolences to all involved (family, friends, boaters) as it is never easy to lose a member of the community. I always hope for a season devoid of any fatalities - but each year we are reminded that nature and timing are out of our control. A very sobering reminder that it is imperitive to take charge of the things that we can control such as safety and safety gear/equipment. Please be safe out there!!

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