LYONS, Colo. - After finding two empty inner tubes on the fast-flowing North St. Vrain Creek Tuesday, Boulder County authorities scoured the creek without finding anyone.
The aggressive response shows how seriously public safety agencies are taking dangerously high waterways one day after two people drowned on the Poudre River.
One of the inner tubes was recovered in the creek near the 19-mile marker of U.S. 36, the other was located in the water at Meadow Park in Lyons.
Between 10:50 a.m. and 12 p.m., the creek was searched by members of the Lyons Fire Protection District, Boulder Emergency Squad Dive Team, Longmont Emergency Unit, AMR Ambulance and the sheriff's office.
"Finding no evidence of anyone in the Creek the search was terminated shortly after noon," Boulder County Sheriff's Cmdr. Heidi Prentup said in a news release.
"The creeks and rivers in Boulder County are running very high, which makes them very enticing for recreation. We ask people not go on the water alone," Prentup said.
"We also ask people utilizing the water ways to put their name and contact information on their floatation devices in the event they are separated from them. If you lose a raft or any other water recreating equipment, please notify the Sheriff’s Office, to prevent unnecessary searches from occurring," she added.
Officials asked anyone who knows the owners of the inner tubes or has information about why the tubes were in the water to call Boulder County Communications at 303-441-4444.