An unfortunate series of missteps caused a fatality on the lower section of the Gunnison river just west of the City of Gunnison, CO. This “Guided” SUP trip from McCabe’s was led by an inexperienced guide, the group was given improper equipment, & this section of water was dangerous at the time for anyone but advanced river users. Incident: Wheelies & Waves owner (that did not have swift water rescue training at the time) took out a group of SUPers (some 1st time river SUPers) during a high water day (4400 CFS+) where numerous river advisories had been issued for the area as well as various closures above Gunnison Whitewater Park. The group is believed to have been wearing surfers ankle leashes which are not appropriate for down river SUP use & is the likely cause of getting caught in a strainer.
first woman to die on the Gunnison River on Friday was apparently paddle
boarding when she fell into swift currents near County Road 32, just west of
after entering the river the 31-year-old female lost control of her board and
later got hung up on a tree that was in the water,” the county sheriff’s office
said in a news release.
was pulled from the water and eventually taken to Grand Junction for medical
care before dying. The Gunnison County Coroner’s Office identified her on
Monday as 31-year-old Sarah Schultz of Oklahoma.