Search underway for missing tuber in South Platte River

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A tuber went missing after calling for help on the South Platte River on Saturday, June 20, 2015. (Photo: DPD)

SHERIDAN, Colo. — A search is underway for a tuber that went missing on the South Platte River Saturday afternoon.

Police responded around 4:30 p.m. to reports of a subject in distress in the South Platte River just north of West Union Avenue. Upon arrival, witnesses told police that the person fell off an inner tube into the river.

Witnesses said the victim surfaced and went under several times as he was swept north in the river, according to Sheridan police.

Several citizens attempted to rescue the victim, but were unable to do so due to the fast current.

The victim was last seen about one-quarter mile north of Union Avenue floating in the river. Witnesses said at this point that the victim went under water and did not resurface.

Responders to the scene include Sheridan Police, Denver Fire, Englewood Police, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Denver Police Department and the Arapahoe Rescue Patrol.

The search and rescue operation ended for the day around 8 p.m. Saturday.

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