Three young children rescued from the icy Colorado River |

Three young children rescued from the icy Colorado River

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS – Fire responders and one bystander rescued three young children stranded on ice in the Colorado River here.

Two local boys, ages 10 and 8, and a girl, 6, were playing on the ice of the Colorado River west of Pioneer Park in Hot Sulphur Springs around noon on Saturday, March 24.

When the 10-year-old boy fell into the water, bystander John Coffey pulled the boy from the water, according to Grand County Undersheriff Jim Campbell.

But the other two children remained stranded on the thin ice partially covering the river.

Using ladders and a raft, rescuers were able to reach the children who stood at the edge of the ice.

The rescue took a total of 15 to 20 minutes, according to Hot Sulphur Springs Fire Chief Brad White.

Grand County Emergency Services then transported the children to Middle Park Medical Center in Granby for symptoms of hypothermia.

Personnel from Granby Fire and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the rescue as well.

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