Man tossed from tube on Clear Creek in Jefferson County has died

Four people were tossed into the water in Clear Creek Canyon

Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post
Clear Creek runs through downtown and past Coors Brewing Company on July 1, 2019 in Golden.
Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post

CLEAR CREEK CANYON — A man who was pulled unconscious from Clear Creek after he was thrown from a tube in the turbulent water died on Wednesday, July 6.

On Tuesday four people tubing on the creek were tossed into the water just east of Tunnel One. A woman clinging to a rock was rescued by emergency responders and taken to a local hospital, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Two men got out of the cold, fast water on their own.

The man who was found unconscious was also taken to the hospital, where he died, according to the sheriff’s office. The man was not identified by the sheriff’s office on Wednesday. Further details on the woman’s condition were not available.

“Please use extreme caution” in Clear Creek Canyon along U.S. 6, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday. “The river is still dangerous and river hazards are plentiful. Use of a helmet, shoes and a personal floatation device are recommended.”

Tubing is prohibited along parts of the canyon and those areas are posted, according to the sheriff’s office.


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