Paddling pooch rescued from swift waters

Officers from the Bureau of Land Management and Grand County Sheriff’s Office pose with Reese, a dog they rescued from near the Colorado River, and the dog’s owner. Photo courtesy of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office

On Sunday, June 16, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office rescued a lost dog stuck to a branch near the Colorado River.

The sheriff’s office received a call about Reese, a dachshund, which had been missing since the previous day. The dog was suspected to be in or near the river.

The sheriff’s office said that, with the help of the Bureau of Land Management and the Utah Department of Natural Resources, “Reese was located safe and sound stuck to a branch, hanging under a tamarisk after swimming the river during peak flow.”

Then on Monday, June 17, Grand County Search and Rescue officials helped to rescue a stranded kayaker near the Drinks Canyon area of the Colorado River using the agency’s J-rig boat. GCSAR reminds the public that “the water is swift, running at 32,800 cfs as of Tuesday, June 18, and has temperatures of 56 to 58 degrees.”