2 teens rescued Poudre River tubing accident

Unconscious 18-year-old airlifted to hospital

LARIMER COUNTY, Co – An 18-year-old has been taken to the hospital after a tubing incident on the Cache la Poudre River.

Poudre Fire Authority says two teenage boys, the 18-year-old and a 16-year-old, were in the area of the 4800 block of Rist Canyon Road around 5:30pm Sunday evening. The boys went over a low-head dam.

The 18-year-old fell off his tube and was unresponsive when bystanders pulled him from the river, per PFA. Bystanders started CPR until medical officials arrived. He was air lifted to a neaby hospital.

The 16-year-old was pulled by firefighters out of the river by a rescue rope. PFA says he was alert when taken to a local hospital.

Neither teenager was wearing a floating device, according to PFA. Officials also stressed to residents to stay out of the Poudre River as it is running high and dangerours.

PFA reports this is the first swift-water rescue of the 2017 season. They say they average about two swift-water rescues a year.

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