Ill-Fated Colorado Creek Crossing Ends Badly For Out-of-Staters
It actually could have been worse for a New York family visiting in western Colorado.
Have you ever had a moment in your life where seconds after it happens you wish you could take it back? Unfortunately, takebacks are seldom possible.
Failed Attempt To Cross Fast-Moving Creek
It happened Thursday evening when a family from New York was driving on Escalante Road and their truck got stuck trying to cross Escalante Creek south of Grand Junction. The passengers were forced to flee the truck and managed to get to higher ground before it became submerged. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Mesa County Search and Rescue worked through the night to rescue the stranded family.
Stranded Family Rescued
According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, when rescue crews arrived on the scene, they found the water was 4-5 feet deep and was "moving quickly." Two of the three family members were still stranded on the far side of the creek, but swift-water rescue swimmers were able to bring the individuals back across the creek and remove the submerged truck. No injuries were reported.
The Dangers of Colorado's Spring Run-Off
In its news release, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office issued a warning about spring runoff as the days get warmer and the snow melts. The sheriff's office said it's important to remember water levels will increase with the heat of the day and will typically peak after nightfall. They say it only takes 6 inches of fast-moving water to knock over an adult, and just a foot of rushing water can carry away a vehicle. It's never a good idea to drive or walk across a body of fast-moving water. When in doubt - don't.