Woman dies trying to rescue dog from irrigation ditch in Boulder County

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - A woman died Monday afternoon after jumping into an irrigation ditch to save a dog, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said.

A 911 call was received at 1:30 p.m. to say the woman had fallen into the water in the fast-moving Highland Ditch in the area of 12900 N. 87th Street, south of Vermillion Road.  That is just outside the Longmont City limits.

When deputies arrived four minutes later, they found friends of the woman performing CPR on her after they had pulled her from the water. She was transported to Longmont United Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

The dog was rescued and is doing fine. 

The woman was visiting friends in the area when the incident occurred. Her identity has not been released.

Water in irrigation ditches and creeks is running very high and fast at this time of year, the sheriff's office said.  People are urged use extreme caution around the waterways and do not go into them without safety equipment.  

Print this article Back to Top