Two adults, infant stranded on rock in Dolores River

A pair of adults and an infant were rescued Thursday 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 about three miles south of Gateway Canyons Resort, were moved to safety by rescuers around 3:20 p.m.

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

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

It wasn’t immediately clear how the trio became separated from the raft. Their identities were not made available.

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


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