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Old 05-14-2017   #1
 
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Eagle River Rescue

Just curious if anyone has more details.

Four rescued from Eagle River in Edwards, only one wearing life jacket | VailDaily.com

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Old 05-14-2017   #2
 
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Sounds like some yahoos out in pursuit of a Darwin award. Everyone was OK, they got the boat to shore, and the guide and passengers should have learned a lesson or two. Not sure what other details there are that are important, or that should be shared publicly, other than, "Don't be this trip."

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I thought there was law in Colorado about PFD use..? Am I wrong?


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I thought there was law in Colorado about PFD use..? Am I wrong?


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As far as I know no fines were given. So I would assume no, unless it's a permitted section. The boat captain was given a full debrief on the use of safety gear and it's necessity to the use of safe river running. Hard lessons were learned the hard way for sure.


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I thought there was law in Colorado about PFD use..? Am I wrong?


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Private trips have to have them on board but not worn. Commercial trips they must be worn. Different rules for kids but I don't remember the age cutoff for mandatory pfd wearing.
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I think the cut off age is kids below the age of 13 have to be wearing a pfd


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http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/05/1...n-eagle-river/
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Old 05-14-2017   #8
 
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5/13 Eagle River Rescue

Here's a link to the official Eagle River Fire Protection District press release with details about the 5/13 Eagle River rescue in Edwards:

https://www.facebook.com/EagleRiverF...22927537724665
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Old 05-14-2017   #9
 
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No idea what went down with this incident, but one thing that should be a takeaway for everyone is to dress properly for early season boating.

From the short clip of video on the news it shows a guy in shorts.

At this time year please dress to swim. That water is super cold and I can't imagine being in a wrap and swim situation without having some protection on whether it is a wetsuit, dry suit, or at least some layers and splash gear.

It was a nice warm shorts type day in the eagle valley and it probably seemed like a fine idea to wear shorts until they were in that situation.

Always be prepared to take care of not only yourself but your partners, once you get hypothermia you are now a victim.
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Old 05-14-2017   #10
 
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A friend of mine on Facebook posted this yesterday:

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A friend of mine was on this boat. They are all ok but mild hypothermia. Idiots where not wearing life jackets. Lucky! Life jackets are probably in glenwood springs by now.
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