Death on the River: Drowning raises questions | AspenTimes.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Death on the River: Drowning raises questions

Jennifer Brown
The Denver Post

Editor’s note: The is part of “Death on the River,” an in-depth series published by The Denver Post. More at http://www.denverpost.com.

The loss of their 11-year-old son in the Arkansas River a year ago devastated Drake Durkee’s family, setting them on a path to improve river safety. Since Drake got caught below the rapids, seven more people on guided rafting trips have died in Colorado.

Melissa and Dan Durkee reached Big Drop Rapid near midnight, the roar of the Arkansas River filling their ears as they peered over the edge.

When their flashlight rays gleamed upon the river, churning with rage and spitting out whitewater as it pumped through the rocky canyon, Melissa’s stomach lurched, again. She wondered, this time with more sickening fear than ever, if there was any chance her son was still alive.

They had walked 7 miles down railroad tracks, led by the rafting company owner, to reach the spot in Brown’s Canyon where 11-year-old Drake had fallen into the river hours earlier on June 10, 2015. Drake had been on a commercial trip booked while on a summer getaway with his grandparents and his brother. Melissa said OK because she thought it was a scenic float, not the turbulent whitewater now below her.

Read the rest of this story at http://www.denverpost.com.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


News


See more