At 1901 the Grand Junction Fire Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Land Management responded to rescue a rafting party reported to be stranded in Ruby Horsethief Canyon. The party was made up of three adults and two children. As evening fell they realized they were not going to make their intended take out time, and were not prepared for an overnight stay in the canyon.
The GJFD boat arrived at the stranded party at 2050 and was able to take three of the five people safely to the takeout. The MCSO boat arrived at the remaining two people and their raft at 2121 and reunited them with their party at the Westwater boat ramp.
When the group initially realized they were not able to meet their intended trip plan, they called for help and stopped on a beach to wait for crews, which undoubtedly made for a faster and safer rescue.
For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJfirePIO@gjcity.org