Man drowns while swimming in Clear Creek

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A 45-year-old man died while swimming in Clear Creek on Saturday.

About 2:10 p.m., a man was swimming in Clear Creek with his family near Tunnel 1 off Highway 6 in unincorporated Jefferson County, the Golden Police Department said.

Witnesses said the man had been using a rope tied around his waist.

At some point, the man took the rope off and was free swimming, which he has done before.

The family lost sight of the man and approximately 28 minutes later, he was recovered at the Kayak Park in Golden.

An off-duty Denver paramedic pulled the man from the creek and started CPR. The man was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said Clear Creek has been running at just under 700 cubic feet per second and currently it is at 511 CFS.

Police do not consider closing the Clear Creek to swimmers until it reaches 1,000 CFS.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

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