Colorado River rescue search comes up empty |

Colorado River rescue search comes up empty

Post Independent Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

GARFIELD COUNTY ” A Garfield County Search and Rescue team responded to a call of a person in the Colorado River in distress Monday morning. Crews searched through the day, but found nothing, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis.

“The reasonable thing to do is to exhaust all efforts,” McGinnis said.

Dispatchers received the call about 9:30 a.m. Monday and Garfield County deputies responded. The Burning Mountain and Rifle fire protection districts and the Rifle and Silt police departments aided in the search.

The Colorado Air National Guard was also called in to assist.

The search was suspended at about 5 p.m., but McGinnis said crews would remain on scene throughout the evening.

McGinnis said the report came from two individuals who claimed to have seen a person in the river. Authorities had not, however, received any reports of a missing person by 5 p.m. and no other evidence ” a kayak, for example ” were found.