Firefighters Rescue Hunter Trapped in Ice
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A hunter falls through the ice covering the Colorado River and is rescued by local firefighters.
Rescue crews from the Lower Valley Fire District and the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to the call of a man falling through the ice on the river, along Interstate 70 near mile marker 24, just after the noontime hour.
Lower Valley Fire District Chief, Frank Cavaliere says, the man hung onto the ice shelf and waited for rescue, as his lower body was submerged for at least 20 minutes.
NewsChannel5 spoke with the fire fighter who brought the hunter to safety.
"We train and we work together as a team to try to prepare the best we can for situations. To actually get put in it and have it be a real life situation with someone's life on the line, it's pretty fulfilling. It gives you goose bumps. It gives you a smile at the end of the day when the situation works out in a good way. Fortunately, if you take everything that happened with this incident, it was great," explained Ryan Jordan, a firefighter from the Grand Junction Fire Department.
The hunter was able to walk back with some assistance.
Fire officials remind residents to be cautious near the ice and to always go with someone else.