The woman who was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital after a river rescue Wednesday, died, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office announced.
Kimberly Moore, 42, died from drowning, according to the coroner’s office, and the manner of death is an accident.
Moore was found unconscious by search and rescue crews who were responding to a group of six people who got into trouble floating the Colorado River near the Fifth Street Bridge. The five others were able to self rescue, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Sheriff’s Office said Moore had been on a paddleboard with a non-breakaway leash and not wearing a life jacket, although there was a life jacket on the board.
Mesa County Search and Rescue has performed eight river rescues since Saturday, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and people should make sure to have proper equipment and watch for debris in the river.
The Sheriff’s Office emphasized the need for a life jacket when recreating on the river and noted people should not use leashes on rivercraft unless they have breakaway features.
“This is a fast moving body of water,” Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Megan Terlecky said. “It’s a great place to recreate but people need to take precautions.”