Sheriff: Uncle who tried to save teen in Poudre River dies; both swept away by fast moving currents

POUDRE CANYON, Colo. - Authorities say a 14-year-old Greeley boy who was swept away by fast moving currents in the Poudre River, and the uncle who tried to save him, both died Monday.

Kayakers discovered the teen's body about 8 miles from where the boy fell into the river.

Carl Solley, of the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District, told 7NEWS that the boy was fishing with his family in the Ouzel campground area, about 12 miles west of Ted's Place.

"He dropped something into the water and tried to retrieve it," Solley said.  "That's when he fell in."

Solley said the boy's uncle jumped into the water to try to save him.

"They both went down the river holding on to each other," Solley said.

The uncle soon lost consciousness.

"About a mile and a half down the river, the uncle was rescued by some good Samaritans in the Diamond Rock day use area. The nephew wasn't (found.)"

The uncle was airlifted to Poudre Valley Hospital in critical condition, but died during treatment of his injuries.

One of the good Samaritans was injured during the rescue and was also transported to a hospital in good condition.

Crews from Larimer County Search and Rescue, the Dive Team and Poudre Fire Authority combed a five mile stretch of the river from its banks.

Solley said the water was so swift and dangerous that command staff didn't want to put anyone in the water until after they found someone.

"It's too dangerous," he said.

Lt. Andy Josey of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office says search and rescue efforts are over and no more updates will be provided today.

The Poudre River was expected to hit 7.2 feet on Monday. Flood stage is 7.5 feet.

The Larimer County Coroner's Office will conduct autopsies on Tuesday to determine the cause of the two tragic deaths. 

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