Woman dies after raft overturns in Poudre River

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A view of the Poudre River trail under water in FortCollins (Photo courtesy Luke Runyon/Twitter)

A view of the Poudre River trail under water in FortCollins (Photo courtesy Luke Runyon/Twitter)

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office says a 25-year-old woman who was pulled out of the Poudre River in Poudre Canyon west of Fort Collins Wednesday afternoon has died.

Crews responded to the call for help  at about 2:41 p.m. after receiving reports of an overturned raft in the area, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly after arriving on scene, rescuers determined that there was a rafter in the river who needed assistance.

About 16 minutes later, witnesses reported seeing a person in the river.

Crews pulled an unconscious 25-year-old female rafter from the river after was in the water for 35 minutes.

Deputies said the rafter fell into the river during a rafting accident. There were three others in the private raft, but they were all reported to be safe.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital by Air Link, where she was later pronounced dead.



  • Anonymous

    Please let it be clear that this was a private rafting trip and no specific rafting company was involved in this incident. This is why having a trained guide is so important.

  • Anonymous

    The Darwin comment is unnecessary. Condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

    The Poudre is running quite high, but it can be rafted and kayaked safely by those with enough experience and skill. Most commercial rafting companies aren’t currently running trips in the usual class III-IV sections at this flow. It’s just too risky having inexperienced people in the water.

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