The body was pulled from the river near the Wellsville bridge, this is about 5 miles downstream of the Salida playpark. It was a 60 year old man from Saguache, and the authorities said he had a pfd and helmet on. Only thing I can think is maybe he dumped in Bear Creek and had a heart attack. Drowning seems unlikely in that stretch at these flows. Regardless, condolences.
Drowning doesn't seem likely at 1800 cfs, Lmyers? That seems awfully speculative. Alot can happen in five miles with that amount of water, but I think its best to not make any assumptions until the facts are revealed.
Regardless, another sad story for the year, condolences to the family.
I've put a lot of first timers on that stretch and spent a lot of time swimming it when first learning, its pretty friendly. Your right though, best not to speculate. I'm sure the details will come out in due time.
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