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Old 06-05-2009   #1
 
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Missing Kayaker in Eagle County

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Kayaker missing in Eagle County - The Denver Post


I have done Gore Creek a bunch, not sure what section is the "Fish Ladders" is that above town close to East Vail?

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Its a rarely run section (comparatively). It is higher up the creek than East Vail. You access it from the old highway (which is now a bike path). It is the Black Gore Creek, before it conflueneces with Gore Creek at the campground in East Vail. Vertical Drops with some pools between. (IV - IV+ when its going heavy)

Have not seen it this year ....not sure if it was raging or not.
Hope this turns out better than it seems.....condolences.
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More info. here.
Kayaker missing in Vail | VailDaily.com

Hopefully this will turn out better than it sounds but it doesn't look good. Be careful out there everyone!
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They're up here with a helicopter and all sorts of SAR and authorities. Fish Ladders are a bunch of man made drops, but it sounds like this guys body went past them to a very rugged natural drop that nobody runs. Body recovery at this time I'm sure.
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Does anybody have a name. I do not believe they were that high up
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They just recovered the body. No name released yet.
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my thoughts go out to all involved and the family. lets stay safe.
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Drew Hunter RIP

VAIL, Colorado A body was recovered from the Black Gore Creek on Friday about a mile downstream from where a missing kayaker was last seen Thursday afternoon, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities recovered the body at about 10 a.m. The search began Thursday and resumed at 7 a.m. Friday morning.

A kayaker, identified as Drew Hunter of Vail, was boating the Class IV Fish Ladders section of Black Gore Creek with two friends Thursday afternoon when he became stuck in a hole a spot where water pours over an a object and then hits a pool of water, creating a suction effect that can hold a boat underwater according to his friends.

His friends tried to throw him a rescue rope but he was unable to grab it. The kayaker disappeared out of his friends' view as the creek narrowed toward a gorge.

The body was found just east of the convergence of Gore Creek and the Black Gore Creek near East Vail.

Officials from Vail Mountain Rescue Group, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office, the Vail Fire Department, the Eagle County Ambulance District and a dive team from Summit County responded to the incident.

This story will be updated.
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RIP Drew, be careful out there everyone.
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Terrible. RIP
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