Deadly waters

What is it about roiling waters that attract people like moths to a flame — too often with fatal results? Whatever it is, it occurs with depressing regularity at this time of year.

One man drowned in the potholes of the Little Dolores River on Glade Park Sunday. A rescuer likened the churning waters of the potholes right now to “a washing machine.”

Another man drowned Saturday in the Eagle River, where runoff and heavy rains turned that placid stream into rough whitewater.

Here in the Grand Valley, a man was rescued from the Colorado River Sunday after he and his companion lost their small, inflatable boat. A combination of spring runoff and reservoir releases to benefit endangered fish have turned the Colorado into a raging torrent, with logs bounding on the current and icy temperatures making the river even more dangerous.

Still, people take to these waters with inner tubes and other inappropriate craft, some even ignoring the need for life jackets.

Mesa County officials Monday urged everyone to stay off the river until high water subsides because of the danger. It is sound advice.


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