One dies in Poudre River, 2 rescued from Clear Creek as water levels rise


Swift-water rescue in Clear Creek on Monday, June 19, 2017. (Photo: Arvada Fire District)

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- The hot temperatures about to set in across the Denver metro area might send people in search of some relief.

Rivers, creeks and streams across the Front Range are running fast and high from a rapid snowmelt.

Swift water teams had to rescue two people from Clear Creek on Monday night. Crews from the Arvada and Golden fire districts responded about 5 p.m., and both people were out of the water by 7 p.m.

Crews used a rope and raft to rescue the two people. No injuries were reported.

The high water dangers are all too evident on the Cache la Poudre in Larimer County.

Two teenagers were pulled out of the water late Sunday in the Watson Lake area after they had been tubing.

They washed over a low-head dam where the river passes under Rist Canyon Road west of Fort Collins.

One of them, an 18-year-old who fell out of his tube and was unresponsive when rescued, died Monday, officials said.

On Tuesday, he was identified as Maximillian Lopez of Kirkland, Washington. The cause of death was accidental drowning.

The other person who was on another inner tube, a 16-year-old boy, was rescued about 100 yards upstream of where Lopez was recovered.

The 16-year-old, who has not been identified, was taken to Poudre Valley Hospital, and was reported to be alert and talking when firefighters rescued him.

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