Kayaker dies Saturday in Eagle River near Eagle County Fairgrounds

By Real Vail
Real AspenJune 25, 2011
A kayaker died while paddling the Eagle River on a non-commercial trip with two friends Saturday afternoon, according to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office.

Here's the full ECSO release, including whitewater safety tips:

The 911 call came in just before 2:30 p.m. after kayaker overturned near the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The kayaker was pulled from the river approximately one mile downstream by good samaritans. The kayaker was wearing a life preserver and helmet.

The name of the victim will be released by the Eagle County coroner pending family notification.

The Eagle County Sheriff's Office, Vail Mountain Rescue, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Gypsum Fire Protection District, and the Western Eagle County Ambulance District are assisted with rescue operations.

The Eagle County Sheriff's Office continues to urge everyone to use extra caution in and around the valley's waterways as this is the time of year when rivers and streams are running high and fast.

If you fall in the water:

* Try to remain calm
* Do not waste energy yelling for help after someone has spotted you
* Get ready to be rescued by trying to float on your back with your legs straight and your feet pointed downstream
* Use your legs to shove yourself away from obstructions
* Keep your head up so that you can see where you are going
* Watch for obstacles and debris
* Most victims who do perish in swift water, die when they get pinned against obstacles, or get trapped in submerged debris or vegetation - try to avoid them if at all possible

If you see someone fall into a river or stream:

* Do not jump in or try to save the victim.
* Immediately call 9-1-1.
* Give accurate information regarding where the victim was last seen, where they fell in, what they were wearing, etc.
* Swift water rescue teams will respond as quickly as possible.

If boating or kayaking, label all of your equipment with your contact information. If you become separated from your boat, kayak, raft, or personal equipment, immediately contact the Vail Public Safety Communications Center at 479-2201 or 911 to make a report. Let them know that you are safe and out of the water, and provide a description and the last known location of your missing equipment. Any unattended belongings that are unaccounted for could potentially initiate a lengthy, unnecessary victim search.

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