Woman killed in accident at Ruedi
A 21-year-old woman was killed at Ruedi Reservoir on Friday afternoon when a bolt struck her head during a boating incident, according to authorities.
An ambulance crew from the Basalt Fire Department and an Eagle County deputy sheriff were called to the boat ramp at the Little Maud/Mollie B campground complex around 3:20 p.m.
“We were paged for a woman with a spike in her head,” said Fire Department spokesman Matt Avidan. “There was a tubing accident, and the people on the boat started CPR immediately.”
Few details about the incident were available because investigators from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office were at the scene and outside cellphone range, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jessie Mosher.
The victim was on a tube being pulled by a boat when the accident occurred, according to authorities. A bolt securing a tether connecting the tube to the boat came loose and struck the woman, authorities said.
Avidan said bystanders, including some medical personnel, also rendered aid. The first rescue personnel who responded continued to administer CPR, and they inquired about the availability of a Flight for Life rescue helicopter because of the nature and extent of the injury. The woman couldn’t be revived.
Mosher said that a coroner was called to the scene around 4:15 p.m. Mosher said the detective was sent to the scene, in addition to the deputy sheriff, although there was no indication that it was a suspicious incident. It’s standard procedure to have a detective look into a death, she said.
Authorities said the boat was on Ruedi Reservoir when the initial call for aid was made. Responders were told the boat was headed for the main public boat ramp and to meet the boat and victim there.
At least two other people, brothers of the victim, were on the boat at the time of the accident, according to Avidan.
Mosher said the Sheriff’s Office couldn’t release the woman’s name or where she lived because of federal laws prohibiting the release of information in medical incidents. That information must come from the Eagle County Coroner’s Office after it positively identifies the woman and notifies next of kin, Mosher said.
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