7/12/2010 8:42:00 AM Rescuers search river
Rescuers continued searching as darkness fell Sunday, seeking an unidentified woman thrown from a private raft on the Arkansas River north of Buena Vista.
A witness reported about 5:40 p.m. an unidentified female wearing a yellow personal flotation device but no helmet was seen in the river.
Chaffee County Sheriffs deputies, firefighters and rescue crews from three agencies responded. They subsequently found several other people in from the raft in various locations beside the river.
They reportedly told searchers the raft encountered a rock in the river and the woman was thrown from the craft, possibly passing under it.
Kayakers scouted the river during daylight to help searchers on east and west sides of the river. The search continued under lights.
The Arkansas River was flowing about 635 cubic feet per second at the time of the incident.