Accident Database

Report ID# 684

  • Swim into Rock or Sieve
  • Does not Apply
  • Cold Water

Accident Description

From: Bob Gedekoh []

Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2000 7:21 PM

To: charlie walbridge; lee belknap


Body of boy pulled from river by Denise Ronald Mail Staff Writer The body of a 12-year-old boy was pulled from the Arkansas River at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Luca Andrei Angelesco, Houston, Texas, was rafting with his family in a section of the Arkansas known as the Narrows, about 7 miles north of Buena Vista Wednesday morning. The Angelesco family was on a commercial raft trip with the Granite-based Arkansas Valley Adventures rafting company at the time of the accident. Unable to retrieve the boy, AVA reportedly called in rangers from the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area. According to AHRA spokesman Dave Spencer, the search for the boy was called off around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, when it became too dark to continue the search

Crews from AHRA began searching for Angelesco at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. "We called Twin Lakes and asked them to lower the river by 200 cubic feet per second,"  Spencer said Thursday. "We were having trouble accessing the hole we thought the boy was in." Twin Lakes did lower the water by 200 cfs from 7-10 a.m., Thursday, but the boy was found before the lower flow actually reached the accident site. Although generally considered a mild stretch of river, the Narrows rapids are rated Class 3 and Class 4. The section is extremely rocky and difficult to traverse at lower water levels. On Wednesday, the water was running about 700 cfs. No details about the cause of the accident were available at press time. An autopsy will be performed by Tim Glenn today to determine the exact cause of death

MAJ Tim Kelley Bn XO 1st BN (TS)(EN), 361st Regiment (719) 524-3349

On July 26th a 12 year old boy slipped away after his raft flipped after striking a rock on the Class III "Frog Rock" section of Colorado's Arkansas River. The flow was a modest 700 cfs. Few details were supplied by the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area press release, but it sounds like he washed into a well=known sieve. The body of Luca Andrei Angelesco was recovered the following day after an upstream dam reduced the flow to 200 cfs. CW

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