Adults, infant rescued on fast-moving river

A pair of adults and an infant child were rescued today from a rock on the Dolores River after being stranded there nearly four hours.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said the trio, rafters who become separated from their craft around 11:30 a.m. on the river roughly three miles south of Gateway Canyons Resort, were moved to safety by rescuers around 3:20 p.m.

There were no immediate reports of injuries to the trio, or rescuers, Benjamin said.

Deputies as well as search and rescue volunteers had responded to the area to assist Gateway Fire Department volunteers in a fast-moving section of the river. Early scanner reports said some of the stranded parties were displaying early possible signs of hypothermia.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the trio became separated from their raft.

The incident comes after repeated warnings over recent days from local authorities to avoid area rivers because of higher temperatures and resulting faster snow melt. The Colorado River in Mesa and Grand counties remains under a flood warning by the National Weather Service.

Read the full story in Friday’s Daily Sentinel.


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