According to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, a man that was stranded on the side of the San Miguel River was rescued on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, after a raft carrying three people flipped over about a mile upstream from Sawpit near Telluride, Colorado.

Due to high-risk conditions, including deep and swift-moving waters, rescuers had the man jump into a moving raft where he was safely brought to shore. The other two rafters were able to pull themselves out at different points in the river.

All three of the experienced Telluride-based rafters were reportedly wearing personal floatation devices (PFDs) and helmets at the time of the accident. No other injuries were reported.

Several people participated in this rescue, including two off-duty Telluride Marshal’s Department deputies.

Just last week, rescuers also responded to a jeep who got stuck after attempting to cross the high water of the Dolores Rivers.

Water-goers are warned to be extremely cautious as rivers, creeks, and steams continue to run cold, high, and swift across Colorado. In the last week alone, there have been 2 river rescues and four SAR missions in San Miguel County. Eleven people have died in Colorado’s waters during a number of incidents so far this year around the state.

If you’re planning on recreating near or around the waters of Colorado, always let a friend or family member know where you’re going and when you are expected to return. Familiarize yourself with the boating regulations at your destination, wear a properly fitted life jacket, and always check the water conditions before you go.

Play it safe and have a fun summer.

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