Search called off for man who jumped into Clear Creek

GOLDEN- Around midnight Friday a man in his thirties and his friend jumped into Clear Creek, currently closed to swimmers.

The man's friend never saw him come out of the water and the Golden Fire Department did a preliminary search around the banks of the creek. It was too dark to enter the water and the search resumed at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

"I'm seeing whirlpools, I'm seeing white water, I'm seeing eddies and wildcards all over the place!" said Jas Schutzman, walking his dog along the creek.

It's these conditions that caused the City of Golden to close the creek in the first place. The water is moving at a rate of 1,600 cubic feet per second. Frigid temperatures and debris coming down from the mountain has rescuers planning for the worst.

"They (rescuers) know exactly what they are doing. They should be the only ones that are in the creek right now, but even then, we don't want them to go into the creek either. We'd like for everyone to stay out." said Karlyn Tilley, spokesperson for the Golden Fire Department.

Just last Tuesday, the Golden Fire Department trained for scenarios just like this one. Unfortunately it has not resulted in finding the victim.

The search ended around 2 p.m. Friday. The search will resume if any leads are spotted or when the water levels subside enough to do a more thorough search.

Kayaks, whitewater canoes and multi-chambered professionally guided rafts and river boards are still allowed on Clear Creek. Everyone in the water must have Coast Guard approved vests and helmets.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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