Search called off for man missing in river
Rescue switches to recovery for resort worker from Louisiana
Crews on Thursday indefinitely suspended the search for a resort worker who fell from a cable car into the Colorado River east of Glenwood Springs the previous day.
A dozen people used probe poles, search dogs and boats in search efforts that ended around 2 p.m. Thursday. The dangers to searchers from cold and fast-moving water due to runoff led to suspension of a search that the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department said had shifted from a rescue to a recovery.
The owner of Glenwood Canyon Resort and a new zip line that crosses the Colorado River suspended all resort operations and postponed a grand opening planned for the ride for Saturday to focus on helping search for the employee. The resort said the employee is a 21-year-old man from Louisiana.
Wednesday’s incident didn’t involve the zip line. The employee fell from an old cable basket when it was tipped by the runoff-swollen river as he and two other employees were carrying some equipment across the river. The others were able to return to shore in the basket, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department said. None of them was wearing a life jacket.
“We are deeply concerned for our employees and are undergoing an investigation. All of our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this missing person,” resort owner Kevin Schneider said.
Schneider also owns Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures at the No Name exit of Interstate 70.