Steamboat Springs Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the incident happened Tuesday.
Law enforcement officials spent the better part of Tuesday evening trying to identify the owners of a capsized canoe that floated past Steamboat Campground.
Campers called 911 to report the overturned canoe and accompanying live jackets floating down the Yampa River at about 5:30 p.m.
Routt County Search and Rescue Incident Commander Delbert Bostock said they started searching at about 6:20 p.m. The group put in a raft and kayak at Walton Creek Road and Lincoln Avenue, he said. They floated down the river and picked up the rest of the group’s debris along with a dry bag.
Identification was found for members of the party in the dry bag, Bostock said. Law enforcement officials attempted to contact the individuals at their homes and locate their cars but were unsuccessful.
On a hunch, Bostock said, a Search and Rescue member decided to check Sunpie’s Bistro. The group later was located at about 9:30 p.m. across Yampa Street at Carl’s Tavern.
Other than being aware of the high water on the Yampa River, Bostock said, one thing people boating or rafting should do is write their names and phone numbers on items that might be lost when a craft capsizes.
Members of a group who’ve lost a raft or other items after falling out of a boat also can call Routt County dispatch at 970-879-1090 to let emergency responders know they’re not floating downriver with the rest of their things.
To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com