Couple Trapped On Colorado River Island Rescued

Two homeless people spend three days on an island on the Colorado River before one of them manages to reach the shore to call for help for the other. The Grand Junction Fire Department Water Rescue Team pulled a woman from an island near the Grand Avenue bridge Wednesday morning, three days after she and her companion found themselves stranded by high water.

Victor Fronk has been a regular summer resident on river islands for years, and says he's familiar with the moods of the Colorado River. This year an above–average snowpack is rapidly melting from an early heat wave. That's making the state's largest river run higher and faster than Fronk expected.

Wednesday, he decided to wade through knee–deep water to get food for himself and his female friend. He tried to take the unidentified woman with him on an inner tube, but he reconsidered when the water proved to be too fast.

The Grand Junction Fire Department Water Rescue Team was already on the water doing a swift–water rescue exercise when they were called to help the stranded woman. She was unharmed.

Fronk says he likes being on the islands because if the natural beauty and wildlife.


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