High-water dangers during strong rafting season

BOULDER – Thanks to an above average snowpack and a cool spring white-water enthusiasts are celebrating the beginning of what is expected to be a surging white-water season, but with high waters also comes rising dangers for paddlers and floaters.

Rushing water can turn a calm creek into a deadly ride. According to AmericanWhiteWater.org there have been 66 recreational water accidents in the last decade. More than 44 of them were deadly.

in 2013, in Colorado, two people died from recreational water activities. One of those deaths involved a canoe, the other, a boating incident. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says those numbers are abnormally low.

Boulder & Golden based Downstream Edge demonstrated some basic floating safety techniques on the banks of Boulder Creek Friday morning for 9NEWS.

Downstream Edge is a company that teaches kayaking and canoeing, river rescue training and white water instructor certification classes.

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