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Life-saving training

With rafting season rockin’, Durango Fire & Rescue Authority conducted training this week to advance the skills of crews performing rescues in the fast-moving Animas River.

In a session Tuesday, DFRA engineer John Brennan posed as a victim whose foot had become lodged under a rock below Smelter Rapid near Santa Rita Park. Crews positioned themselves up and downstream from Brennan with rope throw bags. Capt. Steve List swam to the “victim” and secured him with a series of ropes that crews on the river banks used to pull Brennan to safety.

The flow in the Animas on Friday peaked at 1,730 cubic feet per second, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey. The flow, which historically peaks in the first part of June, has been slightly below average this week.

Some rain or snow in the high country could change that. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction forecast a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms today with a possibility of precipitation through the weekend.

Herald Staff

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