Officials warn of high-water dangers after two die in Poudre River

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A family is coping with the tragic loss of two of their own. One man drowned after trying to save his nephew after both were fishing near the Poudre River in northern Colorado on Monday.

The rain lately along the Front Range makes creeks and rivers very dangerous. It didn’t take much to sweep the teen miles down the Poudre River.

What was supposed to be a day to celebrate Memorial Day turned into a nightmare for a Fort Collins family when a 14-year-old fell into the river. His 38-year-old uncle tried to save him but was no match for the rushing water.

After trying to hold onto the teen for several miles, deputies say the man lost his grip on his nephew. A body was later found 8 miles down the river.

“We have no idea if the river condition contributed to the boy falling into the river, but the river is running fast and high,” Lt. Andy Josey of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said.

The rescue also proved to be too much for the teen’s uncle. Investigators say he died at a local hospital. An autopsy will be performed Tuesday.

There are markers and flooded fence posts and posted warnings about the high-water season. Authorities say always heed warning signs, never go around barriers or drive through water that looks uncertain.

Several trails and a few roads were closed overnight because of high water but are expected to open soon. So far, no homes are at risk from the flooding.