2 drown in raging Poudre River while fishing Memorial Day
LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — Searchers pulled the body of a teenager from the Poudre River late Monday afternoon. The 14-year-old was reported missing after falling into the river while fishing with family and friends.
The boy’s 38-year-old uncle jumped in to try to rescue him. A good Samaritan pulled the uncle from the water but he was unconscious. The uncle also died. Both are believed to be from Greeley.
The water is running swift and high and out of its banks in some places after a weekend of heavy rain.
Kayakers found the boy’s body at about 4:30 p.m. eight miles south and east of where the teen reportedly fell into the river. A positive ID will be made by the Larimer County coroner. The uncle was pulled from the river about 1-and-a-half miles from where both went into the water.
Authorities received numerous calls for help around 11:45 a.m. There are reports that the teen’s uncle was also swept away, but was pulled from the river unconscious. He was reported in critical condition at a hospital Monday night.
The incident happened near the Ouzel campground and picnic area of Poudre Canyon about 12 miles west of Ted’s Place northwest of Laporte.