LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Kayakers found the body of a 14-year-old boy who fell into the Cache La Poudre River Monday.
According to Lt. Andy Josey with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, the boy fell into the river while fishing with family just before noon near the Ouzel campground and picnic area of the Poudre Canyon, approximately 12 miles west of Ted’s Place northwest of Laporte.
Apparently the boy went in the water to retrieve something he dropped and his uncle went in after him.
“A nearby male jumped in to assist the boy, but was unable to help him. That man was pulled out of the river and is being treated by medical personnel for resultant medical issues,” Josey said In a statement.
The 38-year-old man is listed in critical condition.
The water was moving too fast for crews to go in the water to search. They spent much of the day searching the shoreline.
Witnesses told rescuers the teen and his uncle were last seen clinging to each other approaching the Diamond Rock area but they somehow got separated and people on shore were able to pull the uncle out of the water.
“Terrifying; I couldn’t imagine losing my kids and it’s scary because before that they were asking if they could swim and I said ‘No, a lot of people have died here,’ ” a woman who witnessed the uncle getting pulled from the water said.
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Emergency Services, Larimer County Search and Rescue, and the Larimer County Dive Rescue were involved in the search.