Man rescued after falling through ice on Colorado River

By: Andie Adams Email
By: Andie Adams Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) – A man's life is saved after rescue crews pull him from the icy waters of the Colorado River.

A 60-year-old man was hunting with his dog Tuesday when the animal fell through the ice while trying to retrieve a duck. His owner chased after his pet and freed it, but he in turn broke the ice and slipped into the water, according to Lower Valley Fire Chief Frank Cavaliere.

Another duck hunter called 911 around 12:15 p.m. near eastbound I-70 at mile marker 22.

For about 25 minutes, the stranded man hung onto the edge of an ice shelf with his leg outside the water as about 20 Lower Valley and Grand Junction firefighters figured out how to rescue him.

Crews tried to paddle a boat out to the man, but the ice made it impossible. Instead, firefighter Ryan Jordan swam out alone and helped him out of the water.

The hunter walked away from the river and was taken to the hospital for hypothermia. Mike Page with the GJFD says he was seriously ill, but the man's family members say he is doing much better as of Wednesday morning.


View Man rescued after falling through ice in a larger map


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:
KKCO NBC 11 News
2531 Blichmann Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Station Phone: 970.243.1111
Business Fax: 970.243.1770
Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793
News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 186993471 - nbc11news.com/a?a=186993471
Gray Television, Inc.