2 Rafters Hospitalized After Commercial Boat Flips

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Two rafters have been hospitalized after a commercial boat carrying seven rafters flipped over on the Poudre River.

The Larimer County Dive Team helped rescue a rafter stranded on an island.

Larimer County sheriff’s spokesman John Schulz says some of the rafters may have suffered hypothermia.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, spring melt-off from the basin’s above-average winter snowpack is causing high flows of frigid, cold water.

A ban on inner tubes, air mattresses and small, single-chamber rafts remains in effect on the river.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Blah

    The water is frigid AND cold? Huh.

  • Jody

    Yep. We watched the rafters launch that afternoon. I could only stand in the water up to my ankles for 5 minutes, before my bones were aching – I tried to dare myself to walk in up to my knees, but I couldn’t do it. It was ICE cold. Can’t imagine being submerged in it. My stomach felt empty as I saw the group stranded on the island.

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