GOLDEN, Colo. - The search has been called off for a man who jumped into Clear Creek with a friend and then disappeared.
According to Golden Public Information Officer Karlyn Tilley, the men jumped into Clear Creek, 1300 10th Street, at Lions Park around midnight. The other man got out but the first man disappeared in the rapids.
The missing man is believed to be 37 years old and Radio Reference recordings of emergency radio traffic indicated he may have been drinking.
A search began at 7 a.m. for the man from Golden into Adams County, where Clear Creek runs. It was called off at 1:30 p.m. after water rescue searched the entire length without finding anything.
"We don't know if this person is in fact in the water if they went eight miles downstream or if he got caught up somewhere before that, that is within our city," Tilley said.
Crews from Golden Fire, Fairmount Fire, Wheat Ridge Police, Arvada Fire, and Adams County Fire/Rescue were all involved in the search along Clear Creek in their own jurisdictions
Swimming and tubing is currently prohibited in Clear Creek. Signs are posted along the water banks. Tilley said the water is moving twice as fast as what's considered normal for this time of year and there are large amounts of logs and debris that add to its danger.
"It's absolutely tragic but there's a reason the signs are up. The water is way too strong," said Ken Tandy, who regularly kayaks in that section of the water.