Mesa County Swiftwater Search and Rescue prepares for summer months

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Need ways to stay cool this summer?

Spending the day taking a trip down the Colorado River could be an option.

Randy Stouder, a resident of Grand Junction says, “I don’t know how many thousands of people recreate in the river, it’s what we do here in the summer in Grand Junction. It’s hot, we like to float the river, way to cool off. Some people take it seriously, wear PFD, get proper watercraft, others pull a pool toy out of Kmart or Walmart or something like that and jump in the river.”

John Weiser, a resident of Grand Junction says, “have a lot of fun and that’s really important but experience really helps us along. You have to be safe.”

If you do encounter rough water or another dangerous incident, the Mesa County Swiftwater Search and Rescue team wants you to know they have your back in any situation.

Rick Ranger from the Mesa County Swiftwater Search and Rescue teams says, “scenarios that we end up finding out is that we have to take a boat to rescue someone that might not even be someone on the water, to begin with, it could be someone that was on Horsethief on a mountain bike and fell over the edge.”

What does training look like for the crew?

Todd Holmes from the Mesa County Swiftwater Search and Rescue team says, “swimmers go through a three-day course that involves a lot of extra swift water, pulling people out of strainers, eddies, and really fast-moving water.”

Ranger also said, “the Search and Rescue team is actually a big family, and what’s important about us if that we all look after each other.”

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