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Woman missing after fall from horse into Beaver Creek

Vail Daily Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. ” A 56-year-old Nebraska woman is missing after the horse she was riding fell into Beaver Creek Friday evening.

The woman was riding the horse to dinner at Beano’s Cabin with her family when the horse lost its footing at about 6:10 p.m., Eagle County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said.

Rescuers called off the search at about 10:40 p.m. and were to resume searching at 6 a.m. Saturday, she said.

Officials initially reported that the horse was euthanized, but later said they recovered the horse farther downstream and it had only minor injuries.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Mountain Rescue, Beaver Creek Mountain crews, Greater Eagle River Fire, Eastern Eagle County Ambulance and the Salvation Army are working together on what is still being considered a rescue operation.

Officials haven’t revealed what section of the creek, which is narrow and shallow in spots, into which the woman fell.

“Even 6 inches of water is enough for someone to drown in,” Cordingly said. “This is still a rescue.”

The horses have been doing tours to the restaurant since June 7 and there weren’t any unusual or unsafe conditions Friday, but the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, Cordingly said. Beano’s Cabin is an upscale restaurant on Beaver Creek Mountain that is only accessible by horseback, sleighs, tractor-pulled wagons or shuttles.