Unresponsive rafter dies after falling into Poudre River in Poudre Canyon

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. - An unresponsive rafter who was pulled from the Cache la Poudre River northwest of Fort Collins has died.

According to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, rescuers were called to investigate an overturned raft in the Poudre River in the 13000 block of the Poudre Canyon, west of Ft. Collins in Larimer County. The area is near Mishawaka.

About 16 minutes after the first call, witnesses reported seeing a rafter in the river who appeared to be unconscious. About 35 minutes later, an unconscious female rafter was recovered from the river in the 10000 block of the Poudre Canyon, near Columbine Lodge.

The female rafter is 25 years old and was one of four in the raft when it overturned, according to the sheriff's office. The raft is a private raft, not associated with a rafting company, they said.

There were three other rafters with the victim and they were safe. The woman was transported by Air Link to an area hospital. 

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office later reported that she had died.

She is the third person to die in river in recent weeks. Over the Memorial Day weekend, a 14-year-old Greeley teen and his uncle died after the boy fell into the water and his uncle jumped in to save him. 

The Cache la Poudre, as well as the St. Vrain River and Boulder Creek, are all reporting extremely high water levels as a result of runoff from mountain snow melt.

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