Mesa County Recreation Area Claims The Life Of An Idaho Man

A long–awaited family reunion turns tragic Saturday as an Idaho man dies while trying to rescue a friend floundering in the ice–cold floodwaters of the potholes. The call came in the noon hour of one man dead and another frantically trying to stay afloat in the roaring waters of the Little Dolores River west of Glade Park. The sister and her brother were together for the first time in more than a decade and along with some friends went to see the popular but dangerous potholes located near the Miracle Rock recreation area west of Glade Park. One person jumped into the snowmelt–fed creek and immediately began having trouble staying afloat that's when the Idaho man jumped into the water to help and was torn under water by the powerful currents. By the time Glade Park volunteer fire department rescuers arrived the man who has jumped into the river had managed to crawl onto a rock. They had no ropes on their fire truck, but tied together several one–inch fire hoses and managed to tie off the survivor. The rescue wasn't complete until the Mesa County Search and Rescue dive team arrived. That man was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction by CareFlight helicopter. He was suffering from hypothermia, but was otherwise in good condition. Retrieving the Idaho man's body proved more difficult. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says two local men who happened on the scene were instrumental in helping with the rescue of the survivor. The victim's body was taken to the county coroner's office where an autopsy will be performed.
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