Accident Database

Report ID# 50163

  • Swim into Strainer
  • PFD Not Worn or Present
  • Does not Apply
  • Cold Water
  • Inadequate Equipment
  • High Water

Accident Description

A 26-year-old man involved in a tubing accident on the Poudre (POO’-dur) River in northern Colorado has died.

Poudre Fire Authority officials say eight people were rescued off a small island in the river in LaPorte on Thursday, and a ninth was found in a tree in the river. One was flown by helicopter to the hospital, where he died early Friday morning.

Debbie Reisdorff, Larimer County’s deputy coroner, identified the victim as Matthew Spates, of Fort Collins. His death has been ruled an accidental drowning.



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