Rescue on the Poudre: 2 people removed from water after raft overturns


FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KDVR) — Two people were rescued up the Poudre Canyon on Saturday after their raft overturned.

Just before 10 a.m., Poudre Fire Authority (PFA) units were dispatched to a swift water rescue on the Poudre River, about 1.5 miles up Highway 14 from the Picnic Rock Natural Area.

When the first unit arrived on scene, they found two people on a raft that was partially overturned and pinned against a rock in what is known as Mad Dog Rapid. Both were safely brought to shore by responders.

During the rescue response, two PFA swiftwater technicians swam across the river to help set up a rope system. The ropes are used to navigate PFA’s boat and responders to and from the patients, as well as make sure there is a reliable system to get everyone and everything back to shore. Both patients were safely assisted onto the PFA watercraft, which was pulled to safety.

Responders ensured the patients were safe then moved on to the next task of retrieving the trapped raft. Using the PFA boat and a winch from one of the apparatus in conjunction with a rope system built by rescuers, responders returned to the pinned raft. They connected it to the system, dislodged it from the rock and rapid, and pulled it to shore as well.

Highway 14 was temporarily closed while the rescue took place.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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