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UPDATE: Six rescued from Colorado River, one person dies

A daring river rescue.
A daring river rescue.(David Jones)
Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 3:10 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2022 at 4:49 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Update: The woman who was taken to the hospital after being pulled out of the river near the 5th Street Bridge has died.

According to the Mesa County Sherriff’s Office, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office is responsible for determining the person’s cause of death and will release the person’s name when appropriate.

Mesa County Search and Rescue team members raced to an emergency call on the Colorado River mid-afternoon Wednesday.

A group of six people were enjoying a day out paddleboarding, kayaking, and rafting on the Colorado River when they ended up in the water due to unknown reasons. Five were able to swim to shore, but one person disappeared beneath the water. The river rescue is centered near the Riverfront Trail.

Search and Rescue teams pulled the missing woman from the river near the 5th Street Bridge, unconscious and not breathing. She was immediately taken to the shore where emergency crews tried to resuscitate her, but she remained unresponsive. She has been transported to St. Mary’s hospital and her current condition is alive but otherwise unknown.

Officials tell us the woman was not wearing a life jacket but had one on the paddleboard. She was also not wearing a break-away tether which can help people not be dragged under when they capsize.

More details will be released as they become available.

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