Fire/Rescue extracts man from Yampa River |

Fire/Rescue extracts man from Yampa River

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

On Saturday afternoon, Craig Fire/Rescue pulled a 24-year-old man, who was pinned against an obstruction, from the Yampa River during a water technical rescue.

The agency was paged at 3:31 p.m.

The man, who was floating the river with friends, was stuck against an obstruction in the middle of the river, near the diversion by Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Water flow held him against the obstruction, said K.C. Hume, of the fire department.

The man, who had been in the water 30 to 35 minutes, told firefighters he was losing strength and was having difficulty staying upright in the river, Hume said.

After freeing the man from the obstruction, he was attended to by The Memorial Hospital’s emergency medical service. He suffered no significant injuries and refused transport to a local hospital.

Assisting the fire department was the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, Moffat County Search and Rescue and Colorado State Parks.

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