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Old 05-28-2010   #1
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Be careful out there! Entrapment & Fatality on Parkdale

I saw this on the PPRR forum and haven't seen anything about this on here.

Condolences to the family and friends, and all in our river family.

AHRA Boating Contractors,

Yesterday, May 26th, there was an entrapment & fatality in lower Parkdale,
Section 4b.

Some call this rapid "spinner" some call it "360". It is a small rapid &
many companies allow customers to swim there.

The pictures attached are of the area with the last picture showing the
entrapment location. It is undetermined at this point what object near the
rock caused the entrapment.

Our hearts at AHRA go out to the victim and the victim's family.

John Kreski

AHRA Rationing & Agreement Coordinator

307 West Sackett Ave.

Salida, CO 81201

719.539.7289

John.Kreski[at]state.co.us

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And a warning

I, also, gleaned this from PPRR.


AHRA SUA Contractors and Private Users,

Today's water level readings at the Numbers/Below Granite gauge have
prompted AHRA to issue a Pine Creek Rapid High Water Advisement and remind
you the conditions outlined in the Special Use Agreement (SUA) for High
Water Advisements.

The current reading at the Numbers/Below Granite gauge is fluctuating around
1190 cfs.

Please be aware of all the 2010 SUA High Water Advisements and High Water
Equipment Advisements for all sections.

In the SUA Boating Rider on page 22, it states:

21. High Water Advisement

a. Pine Creek Rapid: It is recommended that Pine Creek Rapid (within
Section 1B) not be run when the river is flowing over 1250 cfs at the
Numbers/Below Granite gage as read at 7:00 am for full day or morning trips.

b. The Numbers: It is recommended that the Numbers (Section 1C) not be
run when the river is flowing over 2400 cfs at the Numbers/Below Granite
gage as read at 7:00 am for full day or morning trips and at 12:00 noon for
afternoon Numbers trips.

c. Royal Gorge: It is recommended that the Royal Gorge (Section 5) not be
run at flows over 3200 cfs at the Parkdale gage as read at 7:00 am for full
day or morning trips and at 12:00 noon for afternoon Royal Gorge trips.

22. High Water Equipment Advisement

a. Pine Creek Rapid (within Section 1B) and The Numbers (Section 1C)

1) Helmets must be worn at all water levels.

2) Wetsuits/drysuits are optional at all water levels depending upon
weather and water conditions and advised when water levels are above 900 cfs
as measured at the Numbers/Below Granite gage.

b. Royal Gorge (Section 5)

1) Helmets must be worn at all water levels.

2) Wetsuits/drysuits are optional at all water levels depending upon
weather and water conditions and advised when water levels are above 2800
cfs as measured at the Parkdale gage.

Thank you and have a safe season,

John Kreski

AHRA Rationing & Agreement Coordinator

307 West Sackett Ave.

Salida, CO 81201

719.539.7289

John.Kreski[at]state.co.us
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Roger,

Any way you can link the pictures referenced in that forum post? I am really interested to know where this happened. I cant seem to view the photos or even the forum from that club.

Thanks.
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Roger,

Any way you can link the pictures referenced in that forum post? I am really interested to know where this happened. I cant seem to view the photos or even the forum from that club.

Thanks.
I've been unable to find any pix.

http://www.pprr.org/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PikesPeakRiverRunners/
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Here's the 9news story of the incident:

9NEWS.com | Denver | Colorado's Online News Leader | Woman on rafting trip dies in Arkansas River
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Very sad event and such a young woman. My heart goes out to her family and friends. We kayaked that section this morning and saw so many young guides in training out there. God Bless them all.
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Condolences to friends and family.

I paddle this quite a bit and we take advanced beginners through here. Really interested in knowing more about what happened. Havent noticed any wood stuck in that area but as it comes up there is quite a bit of debris along there. Any info would be helpful.
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Here's pictures that were sent to me of the location.
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just curious has the snag been removed or is it still buried underwater
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Condolences to the family of Nikki Innes, RIP girl.

We heard it was a foot entrapment. Whether it was a snag or foot entrapment, please be careful out there everyone! Remember to never try and stand up in water that is deeper than your knees or where you cannot see the bottom.
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