Photo Story: Woman Rescued from Colo. River

Multiple agencies were involved in a June 29 rescue of a female who was caught in a tree in the Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins. 

The incident was reported just after noon and happened approximately a quarter mile east of N. Overland Trail and the Poudre River. 

Poudre Fire Authority and other responding agencies were given two prior locations before they found the true incident location. 

When crews did arrive they immediately deployed rescue swimmers into the water as one person from the rafting group was helping hold the female’s head above water. 

A rescue boat and rope-rigging system were also used as the location was down a steep embankment.

The female who was caught in a strainer was one of a group who were using inner tubes to float the river.  A "strainer," known in river terms as an object that blocks the passage of larger objects but allows the flow of water to continue through.  The force of flowing water makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible to dislodge a trapped object.

Once the female was safely out of the river she was evaluated and transported by ambulance to Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.

Assisting agencies came from Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), LCSO Emergency Services, Larimer County Dive Rescue Team and Poudre Valley Hospital Emergency Services.

Poudre Fire Authority units on scene: Engines 1, 2, 7, 12; Tower 1; Ladder 5; Boat 7; Battalion 1; Safety 1; 

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