33-Year-Old Loveland Man Dies in the Poudre River
Just before 7 Friday night, July 15, 2016, a 33-year-old Loveland man fell into the Poudre River while trying to pull a raft in from the water. He was near Kelly Flats with family when the accident happened. A family member flagged down a passing motorist who then drove to an area with cell phone reception to call the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services, Larimer County Search and Rescue, Larimer County Dive Rescue Team, Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District, Poudre Fire Authority, and Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area and began searching for the man. The search was suspended around 11:00 pm.
Crews resumed searching for the missing man this morning. Around 12:30 this afternoon, the man’s body was discovered in the Poudre River near Upper Landing just under one mile down river from where he was last seen.
The Larimer County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the man as well as the cause and manner of death at a later time.
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Manager Justin Whitesell stated the current Poudre River water conditions are relatively normal for this time of year, but ,
"Everyone recreating on or near the water should always wear proper life safety equipment including a personal flotation device even if they intend to only walk on the rocks along the riverbank."
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985.
Source: LCSO Press Release