Accident Database

Report ID# 811

  • PFD Not Worn or Present
  • Does not Apply
  • High Water
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

Time ran out for a man paddling a canoe with his father and sister in Glenwood Canyon of the Colorado River. According to the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the accident occurred on May 31 at 6:00 PM just below the Reverse Curve Tunnel. There are some riffles and tricky currents here at low water, but the river was nearing peak flows at the time. Life jackets were carried, but not used.

After the canoe capsized, two paddlers and a dog made it safely ashore. Erich Fritz, 32, was very close to safety when he slipped beneath the water’s surface. Several days later he had not been found, but his canoe washed over Shoshone Dam and was recovered by highway workers.

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