River Rescue: Rafter Self-Rescued: Notify 911

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625 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Phone: 970-549-5858 FAX: 970-549-5810

Press Release

River Rescue: Rafter Self-Rescued: Notify 911

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shawn Montgomery (PIO) 970-260-3708

Date: 06/13/2015

Address: Colorado River/ 24 Rd.

The Grand Junction Fire Department, along with the Mesa County Sheriff Office, St. Mary’s Careflight Helicopter, and the Fruita Police Department, responded to a call of a possible rescue on the Colorado River earlier this evening. Initial dispatch reports confirmed that a raft had overturned (around 24 Rd.) and was floating down the river towards the Blue Heron boat ramp. Several calls were received by dispatch from worried citizens that had witnessed an overturned raft floating down the river and they feared that someone was in distress. The response incorporated several agencies due to the urgency and specialty of each resource.  After approximately 2 hours of searching the river, dispatch was notified that everyone had been accounted for. The individuals involved self-rescued from the river after their raft apparently overturned. They immediately proceeded to the Fruita boat ramp to try to recover their raft.

“The Grand Valley has several resources to assist should you find yourself in trouble on the river. A Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PDF) is the number one thing that will save your life on our river systems.  Please make sure you are wearing one.” – Shawn Montgomery GJFD Public Information Officer

You must call 911 if you self-rescue from any of our river systems. Every available resource in our valley will be utilized to find you and if you are not in need of these resources, we need to know.

1. Call 911 and let them know when and where your incident happened.

2. Give them a description your raft and personal items that may be lost in the river.

3. Leave a contact number.