Upper Colorado claims first victim of season
June 2, 2011
A swollen and roiling Upper Colorado River claimed its first victim of the season Thursday, June 2.
Grand County EMS was called to the BLM campground near Radium around 3:15 p.m. for a possible drowning victim who was still in the water. About 30 minutes later a call came in to dispatch to say the victim, a male, was out of the water and CPR was being performed.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m., EMS called the Grand County Coroner to the scene.
The Upper Colorado River near Kremmling was running at 7620 cfs today, which is less than yesterday, but is still higher than it’s been since 1998.
Even well-seasoned rafters have never seen the river at this level, said EMS spokesperson Nowell Curran.
“This is something for people to know and understand,” she said.
This story will be updated as information becomes available.