Second group of rafters rescued from Animas River

River Rescue
Courtesy: Chuck Slothower/Durango Herald

DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – Rafters had to be rescued from the Animas River again.

According to the Durango Herald, a raft carrying six people flipped yesterday afternoon. The rafters got separated after flipping, and one witness saw one woman go under the water.

Emergency responders quickly rescued all of them and no one was hurt.

Officials tell the Durango Herald that the river was running at nearly 4,000 cubic feet per second at the time the raft flipped. The river usually runs at 2,600 cubic feet per second.

This latest rescue comes a few weeks after six other rafters had to be rescued in the middle of the Animas River.

Their raft hit the rapids and wrapped around a concrete bridge support. Some of them were left holding on as they waited for help.

Swift water rescue teams were called in and pulled the rafters out, who were cold but otherwise fine. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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