BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle and Boulder Police Chief Greg Testa have lifted the ban on tubing in Boulder Creek, according to a release from the city of Boulder. The ban was issued July 3 ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
It was also determined that the water flow rates in the North Saint Vrain Creek, South Saint Vrain Creek and the Saint Vrain River have sufficiently slowed to levels where the tubing ban has been rescinded for that waterway as well.
Several water-related incidents and deaths have been reported over the last few weeks in Colorado following a season of late snow, high snowpack and heavy runoff.
An Arizona man died July 1 after a rafting accident on Clear Creek near Idaho Springs.
A woman died on a guided trip on the San Juan River after the raft she was in flipped in a whitewater section of the river north of Pagosa Springs on June 20, the Durango Herald reported.
On June 10, a man who was on a guided group rafting trip with the Boy Scouts of America died after falling into the Arkansas River.
The search was called off for a 57-year-old missing Fort Collins man who fell into the water with two others while floating down the Poudre River. A father and son were rescued; the father was not wearing a helmet or a lifejacket. The child was only wearing a personal flotation device similar to what you'd find underneath a ferry seat, according to Mountain Whitewater rafting guide Daniel Hartman-Strawn who rescued them.
Two people who were part of a tubing trip fell into Clear Creek on June 28. Both were rescued and were transported to the hospital in fair condition.
A 40-year-old Boulder man died June 29 after he fell off his paddleboard and was swept downstream in fast-moving water in Chaffee County.
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