Tuber airlifted from Poudre River after being flipped in fast-flowing water
Fort Collins Coloradoan
A man was airlifted from the Poudre River late Sunday afternoon after the inner tube in which he was floating flipped in fast-flowing water, leaving him with serious injuries.
Poudre Fire Authority received the call at 5:42 p.m. that a tuber became separated from his three companions while tubing what is known as the Filter Plant Run, a little more than a mile upstream of Picnic Rock.
The tuber went through rapids, flipped and wasn’t initially able to make it to shore, according to Annie Bierbower, PFA spokesperson. Rafters threw the tuber a lifeline but the tuber wasn’t able to reach the rope.
The tuber, who was not wearing a life vest, was eventually helped to shore on the opposite side of the river from Colorado Highway 14 by the rafters. Rescuers then transported the man to a Lifeline medical helicopter in which he was taken to an area hospital.
The man, whose name was not released, was suffering from hypothermia and abdominal injuries. The water was running at 1,430 cubic feet per second and was 50 degrees at the time of the incident, according to gauges in the area.
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Bierbower said it was at least the third rescue PFA has responded to in the last week on the river. The agency last week held its annual swiftwater training for all of its 180 firefighters.
None of the river rescues have resulted in a fatality. Last year, two people died on the river.
The Filter Plant Run is 2.4 river miles from the city of Fort Collins managed-Gateway Natural Area to Picnic Rock, which is along Colorado 14, about 2 miles west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 287 and Colorado 14.
Bierbower said the incident took 12 PFA and four Larimer County Dive and Rescue members about three hours to clear the scene.
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