Rafting river rescue

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- A day of recreation turned dangerous when one man became stranded while floating along the Colorado River.

The man was floating along the river this evening, when his inter tube popped and became stuck on a tamarack.

His family told KKCO, good Samaritans helped him by giving him a raft.

However, the good Samaritans were unable to get the man to the banks of the river and ended up on an island in the river near 29 Road. That's when his family called authorities to help.

The Grand Junction Fire Department responded with crews and placed two rescue swimmers in the water. The rescue swimmers secured the raft with a rescue rope and safely pulled the man to the bank of the river.

The man on the raft is paraplegic, but his family says he is safe and sound, resting at home tonight.

Officials noted during the rescue many recreationalists floating the river were not wearing life jackets and the fire department strongly encourages everyone who floats on the river to wear a life jacket.

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