GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– Two people were rescued from rushing water in what fire crews with Golden are calling a near drowning in Clear Creek on Friday afternoon. Investigators say the creek is dangerous.
The two people were part of a church group at Lions Park near 10th and Maple with their inner tubes. A male in his mid-20s, who didn’t know how to swim, lost his tube and floated along Clear Creek for about 500 feet. Bystanders got him out of the water and he was conscious and alert and rushed to Lutheran Hospital.
The 28-year-old female also lost her tube. She was swept about a mile downstream into the area of the Miller Coors brewing plant before she was rescued by a Miller Coors employee. She was conscious and alert and also taken to Lutheran Hospital.
“It looks appealing, but it’s really running high and it’s really running fast,” said Golden Fire Chief Alicia Welch.
They also warn those who plan to be in the creek to wear protection such as a helmet and personal flotation devices.