Public safety officials are reminding boaters to report their missing gear when becoming separated in swift water. The reminder follows an incident that occurred at approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, June 22 when Vail police officers responded to a call of a kayak hung up on a rock in the center of Gore Creek behind the Vail Public Library.
Upon response, officers were unable to reach the kayak to determine if the boater was pinned underneath.
Using swift water rescue gear, personnel from Vail Fire and Emergency Services worked to dislodge the kayak and determined it was unoccupied. The response by emergency personnel lasted over one hour and involved multiple responders. During the response, there was no indication to authorities the kayak had been abandoned.
In the event a boater loses possession of a kayak, raft or tube, the Vail Police Department asks that the Vail Communications Center be notified immediately by the boater to indicate the status of their equipment, including a description of the craft that may still be in the river. Please use the non-emergency number, 970-479-2201. Of course, if there is an emergency situation on the river, call 9-1-1.
When a craft is recovered, having a name and phone number on it will also help in getting it returned to the owner. The police department also offers free registration to help recover the item in the event it is stolen.
For more information, contact Detective Sgt. Annette Dopplick with the Vail Police Department at 970-479-2346.