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Old 07-08-2009   #1
 
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Two Dead after Numbers Incident...

My codolences to friends and family...

be safe out there...

2 Rafters Die After Accident On Arkansas River - cbs4denver.com

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Anyone know the exact location? I was hearing they were up in Pine Creek.

It's been a rough year

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Jeez. Bad year for Colorado whitewater.
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According to the 9news article and what I've heard it was in Pine Creek. I think they recovered a body in the numbers though.
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Ugh, anyone ever gotten a raft through around 1900?
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I'm sure it has been done, but from what I've heard of this incident they were probably not well prepared and over their heads. It sounds like they were not appropriately dressed, (shorts and silk shirt). I may be off base, but it sounds like a poor judgment to raft that section turned terribly tragic.
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9NEWS.com | Colorado's Online News Leader | Drowning victims in Arkansas River identified

This seems to be worded a little strangely...probably just my poor comprehension;

"Chaffee County Coroner Randy Amettis says he does not believe the two victims were not wearing helmets, but they were wearing life jackets."

Very tragic. I pray for comfort for all involved.
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7 mile flush in that section is unusual. Facts will come out.
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According to the 9news article and what I've heard it was in Pine Creek. I think they recovered a body in the numbers though.
Wow. A bunch of amature rafters running Pine Creek at high water. They probably didn't have a clue this was Class V+ and any swimmers would probably drown. RIP
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FrankC, you might have the wrong section in mind. The Pine Creek section of the Arkansas is "only" a V- around 2000 cfs. A swim in there is guaranteed to be fast-paced and frightening, but only rarely fatal. I would've worn a helmet though...
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