2 rafters rescued from Roaring Fork River in Pitkin County; 1 with life-threatening injuries

  • Source: KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver
  • Published: 06/11/2024 12:00 AM

Two men were rescued from the Roaring Fork River in Pitkin County after their rafts capsized in the water Saturday. One victim, a 74-year-old man, is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, the other victim, a 61-year-old man, was treated on scene for minor injuries, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Rescue crews responded to the Basalt Whitewater Park around 2 p.m. after reports that two boats capsized and the two occupants were floating downriver, the sheriff’s office said. Crews searched the river from the 7-Eleven bridge to Willits Lane, spotting the rafters a short time later. They were pulled from the river where the 74-year-old man was transported to Valley View Hospital. His current condition is not known.


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