Divers with the Mesa County Search and Rescue team assisted Montrose Police on Tuesday with the search for the body of an apparent drowning victim in the Uncompahgre River. Police Chief Tom Chinn says the 17-year old male victim was with a group of friends at the river shortly before midnight on Monday when the incident occurred. Detectives are still collecting information from the teens that were at the site when the victim entered the water and drowned. Details so far remain sketchy. The victim’s next of kin were still being notified on Tuesday afternoon.
The Uncompahgre River can appear deceptively small but its current rapid and its channel contains weeds, tree limbs, and other debris. In spite of its ribbon like appearance the water is deadly and swimming in it is prohibited in city limits and throughout Montrose County.
Chinn says expert divers with the Mesa County Sheriff Department’s Search and Rescue Team were called in to assist with the probe of the river for the body on Tuesday.
With the onset of summer and hot temperatures, Chinn urges residents and visitors to be extremely cautious around water.