Woman dies tubing in Clear Creek in Golden

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GOLDEN, Colo. — After multiple CPR attempts, a 48-year-old woman was pronounced dead in Golden Friday. This came after she flipped off her tube and went underwater in Clear Creek. This is the first tubing death in the area in years. 

“Flipped off tube in rapids and got submerged under the water and came up on the south side of the creek where she was discovered,” Golden Fire Chief John Bales said. 

Park rangers found her first, both EMS and the rangers performed CPR. 

“We had to perform a little bit of a technical rescue,” Chief Bales said. 

Locals call the area a popular place. 

Chris Manning tubes on Clear Creek. He said, “Kids families, old people, everybody comes tubing down here.” 

The fire chief calls the area dangerous. 

“This is still a very fast moving dangerous moving creek,” Chief Bales said. “If you’re going to be in the water, we really want you to begin a protective vest.” 

When the woman was found she did not have a life vest on. While the chief is confident this was a drowning, the exact cause of death won’t be known until the autopsy report is complete. ​

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