Two die in water-related incidents

Two women were killed in separate incidents while recreating at Curecanti National Recreation Area on Friday.

The victims were a 31-year-old paddle boarder and a 65-year-old kayaker. Rescue crews responded to assist the paddle boarder late Friday morning after she got hung up on a tree in the Gunnison River.

The victim was flown to Grand Junction but did not survive, according to a press release from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area.

Later that day, a 65-year-old kayaker was pulled from the water at Blue Mesa Reservoir after being reported missing. CPR was performed but was unsuccessful. Both incidents are still under investigation.

The Gunnison River between Riverway and Beaver Creek is closed to stand up paddle boards, inner tubes, and other low-profile water toys that have limited maneuverability. All river users should exercise caution, watch for debris in the water and be prepared for other high-water related changes in the river. Reservoir users are reminded to be prepared for cold water and high winds.

Victim of crash identified as Naturita teen

Sixteen-year-old Tad Sickles was identified by the Montrose County Coroner's Office as the male killed in a car accident.

Sickles, of Naturita, died in a Monday accident that is still under investigation by multiple agencies, including the Montrose County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado State Patrol. An autopsy has been scheduled.

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