River Safety: Are You Prepared?

Jul 11, 2019
  • A favorite summer activity for many individuals is river rafting or tubing. Flying down the river can be an exhilarating feeling, or relax as you simply float on down the on a lazy river. However, with the added rain this season, rivers in Colorado have been rising at a swift rate. This can lead to serious injury and/or death if the proper precautions are not taken beforehand.

    Is the River Safe?

    Do not raft or tube in rivers where the height is nearly at the top of the bank, or overflowing. Furthermore check the rate of the current, if it’s moving too fast you could be swept downstream in an accident. You may also visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/rt to read on current water data for Colorado.

    Wear a Life Vest/Helmet

    Make sure you are wearing a life vest and a helmet to protect you from injury in case you fall out of your raft/tube. Even if you consider yourself to be a strong swimmer, take the extra step and wear a life vest or personal flotation device for extra protection if you find yourself in the river – you could end up being swept downstream faster than you think.

    Use the Buddy System

    Never attempt these activities alone. Go with a professional guide or have at least one other individual there to help you in case of an emergency. Ensure that you tell a friend of family member your expected return date, and if you are with a guide, listen carefully to the safety guidelines and to your guide’s instructions.

    No Drugs or Alcohol

    Do not engage in these activities under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. These substances can impair and reduce your thinking and reaction time if an incident occurs.

    Injured in a River Rafting/Tubing Accident?

    If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a river rafting or tubing incident as a result of the actions of other individuals contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our personal injury practice area page for more information.