"On May 19, 2006, the Custer County Sheriff's Office received a report
that a member of a rafting party on Marsh Creek had passed away due to
a heart attack. Arrangements were made for law enforcement, Forest
Service personnel and a Deputy Coroner to go into Marsh Creek area and
retrieve the body.
"When personnel arrived on scene it was determined that the victim,
James Stewart, age 50 of Telluride, Colorado, had gone into the water
from a raft that had flipped, the afternoon of Thursday, May 18, 2006.
"The Custer County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all the other
agencies that assisted in the recovery effort.
"No further details will be released on this incident as it is under
"The Custer County Sheriff's Office Marine Deputy would like to remind
everyone that the river is very dangerous this time of year. We have
extreme high water due to early spring run off. She advised that Marsh
Creek is almost to the point where it would be un-navigable, and if
you do choose to float this section of the river you must have expert
knowledge in river navigation.
"She recently received a report that at the first foot bridge on Marsh
Creek, kayakers had to duck to float under. Any vessel larger than a
kayak will not be able to clear the bridge; there it is advised to
scout the bridge prior to floating."