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Rescue attempt on the Yampa River on June 15

Several agencies responded after a man fell into Soda Creek and then entered the Yampa River.

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Routt County Office of Emergency Management Director Bob Struble looks downstream from the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge on Wednesday as crews searched for a man in the Yampa River. Photo by Scott Franz

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Steamboat Springs police, Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies, Routt County Search and Rescue members and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue members pull a man from the waters of the Yampa River on Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses said the man fell into Soda Creek near Lincoln Avenue and 12th Street at about 4 p.m., launching a multi-agency search and rescue effort. He was found 50 minutes later near Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park. Photo by John F. Russell

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Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue at Soda Creek, where a man fell into the creek while trying to get on his bike. Police would not say whether the bike leaning against the police vehicle belonged to John Christopher Noonan, the man who fell in. Photo by Scott Franz

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Routt County Sheriff officer Doug Scherar and Undersheriff Ray Birch work their way to she shore behind the Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park after pulling a man from the waters of the Yampa River Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses said the man, later identified as John Christopher Noonan, fell into Soda Creek near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and 12th Street about 4 p.m. Photo by John F. Russell

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An ambulance waits along the Yampa River Core Trail on Wednesday afternoon as members of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, Routt County Sheriff's Office, Routt County Search and Rescue and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue search for a man who fell into Soda Creek before being swept into the Yampa River. The man died in what police say was probably a cold-water drowning. Photo by John F. Russell

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