2 women die in separate accidents on Gunnison River

Published: Jun. 23, 2019 at 11:03 AM MDT
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Two women died Friday on the Gunnison River in separate accidents caused by dangerous water conditions, according to the Gunnison County Sheriff’s office.

The first happened just after 11 a.m. Friday, a 31-year-old woman was attempting to paddleboard the river west of the town of Gunnison, according to a press release Saturday.

The sheriff’s office says she lost her board right after getting in the water, and got stuck on a tree in the river. Deputies, search and rescue, and fire crews got to her, and she was taken to Gunnison Valley Hospital, then flown to Grand Junction. Authorities say they were later told she didn’t survive. Her name isn’t being released yet.

The second happened on Friday afternoon. National Parks Service officers found a woman who had been in an apparent kayaking accident. Gunnison deputies went to the scene, near where the river meets Blue Mesa Reservoir. They were able to get the woman, described as 65-years-old, out of the water and perform CPR, but she did not survive. Her name also isn’t being released yet, until family is notified, according to the sheriff's office.