A woman died and five others had to flee after the group got into “trouble” on the Colorado River while using a pleasure craft.
In a news release Wednesday, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said it responded to a group of six people in need of assistance on the Colorado River around 1:45 p.m. that afternoon.
The group was using a paddle board, kayak and river raft and got into “trouble” near the 5th Street Bridge along the river.
Five people in the group were able to save themselves by heading to an island. A person on a paddleboard, however, was reported missing.
The sheriff’s office said a lifeboat was launched and the missing woman was found unconscious and not breathing.
“She was immediately taken ashore, where lifesaving action was taken,” the sheriff’s office said. The woman was then taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.
The other five people were helped back to shore by rescue teams.
In a later update, the sheriff’s office said the woman, whose name has not been released, died.
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office would determine the cause and manner of death and release the person’s name “if appropriate,” the sheriff’s office said.
“The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office wishes to extend its sincere condolences to his family,” he said.
The circumstances surrounding the incident are still unclear.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has emphasized the importance of wearing life jackets when out on the water. “Also, please do NOT use a leash on a riverboat unless it has an escape feature,” he added.