Accident Database

Report ID# 50126

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • Cold Water
  • High Water
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

According to the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, the Rio Grande River in Mineral County has been closed to all boating activity following the disappearance of a male rafter on Thursday, June 27. The closure remains in place on Friday, as a search for the man continues.

The rafter has since been identified as Zach Jones of Creede. He has been missing since his raft overturned. According to an article by the Denver Post, two others were accompanying Jones on the raft, both of whom are safe. According to the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, the search includes drones, fixed wing aircraft, rafting teams, and foot teams.

DENVER— Authorities in southwestern Colorado are searching for a man who went missing after his raft overturned in the Rio Grande River.

Mineral County sheriff’s spokeswoman Stasha Rice tells The Denver Post that 33-year-old Zach Jones of Creede went missing at 12:40 p.m. Thursday. She says he was on a raft with two other people who are safe.

Thursday was the first day the river was open to boaters after having been closed due to dangerous conditions.

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