Woman, man survive Aspen rafting accident
July 8, 2009
ASPEN, Colorado – A woman on a commercial raft trip who ended up in the Roaring Fork River was helped out of the area Tuesday evening, as was a fisherman who tried to help her.
Five rafters and a guide were in the raft when three people somehow fell overboard near the Aspen Business Center, said Parker Lathrop, a captain with the Aspen Fire Department.
The woman floated away from the group and past a fisherman, who yelled at her; Lathrop said the woman was unresponsive so the man jumped in after her, but was quickly overwhelmed by the current.
He managed to make it to shore, and the woman floated about 500 yards farther to an island.
The raft eventually made it to the island, and “by time we got to her she was responsive” but shook up, Lathrop said.
The fisherman was ferried across to an ambulance, while rescuers walked out with the woman, who was also treated in an ambulance.
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Both were “pretty worn out,” he said.
Details about what caused the mishap, which happened around 6 p.m., were unavailable. About 15 personnel from the Aspen and Snowmass fire departments, the Pitkin County’s Sheriff Office and Aspen Ambulance responded.