Clear Creek tuber saves teen found facedown in water
By Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post
Posted: 07/16/2009 02:38:24 PM MDT
Updated: 07/16/2009 03:04:52 PM MDT
A man tubing on Clear Creek on Tuesday evening is credited with saving the life of a teenager he found floating facedown in the fast-flowing water.
Matt Mulica had gone to the creek Tuesday after leaving his job with Denver Water.
When he spotted the 17-year-old teenager, he made his way to the boy, swam with the young man to shore and began administering CPR to the teenager, who wasn't breathing and had no pulse, Denver Water said in a news release.
By the time paramedics arrived, the young man was showing signs of life. After being taken to a local hospital, the teenager made a full recovery.
Mulica credits timing for the rescue. He had delayed his tubing departure for several minutes to help a goose in distress.
Prior to getting into the creek, Mulica saw the goose on the shore of the creek separated by a fence from the rest of the flock in Clear Creek.
Because geese are currently molting and can't fly, the goose was stranded. Mulica untied an opening in the fence, herded the goose into the water to join its mates, and then retied the fence.
At that point, Mulica got into his tube and began to go downstream. There, he spotted the lifeless body of the teenager. Howard Pankratz: 303-954-1939 or [email protected]