Jun 17, 2014 8:40 PM by Lena Howland

Man's body found in river

Authorities in Fremont County say they recovered the body of a man who was man swept into the Arkansas River.

42-year-old Shane Bollig of Canon City jumped into the cold water yesterday to rescue his dog.

Bollig has been missing since last night, until his body was recovered earlier this afternoon.

Authorities say the heavy trees and brush along the banks made it difficult to find his body.

"He was successful in getting the dog back to shore, but he disappeared in the water when his friend was helping pull the dog out of the river," Captain Don Pinover of the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said.

After his friend searched up and down the banks Monday afternoon, he went to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, who moved quickly to try and find the man.

"We immediately launched the helicopter with two deputies aboard and they flew over the river several times, did not locate anything," Pinover said.

Until, state parks employees found the body early this afternoon near the Fremont and Pueblo County border.

"This is the third river related death we've had in six days, two were rafting accidents where the individuals were wearing helmets and life flotation devices," he said.

Unfortunately, something this man was not wearing when he fell in.

Locals say the rocks aren't always steady along the banks.

"Well the rocks are a little shaky and of course I've got bad knees and the rocks between my feet so you just got to watch yourself," David Ham, a local of Fremont County said.

If you do choose to bring your dogs to the river, keep them on a leash to prevent similar accidents.

"If an animal did get out in that fast moving current, the way the river's running at now, it's going to be gone," Pinover said.

"Well there's no animal worth dying for even if you're crossing the street, it's just not worth it," Ham said.

Deputies say it's critical to respect the river, especially at this time of year.

"People need to respect the river and the power that the current has, especially in runoff season. It can be very deceiving so just don't take any unnecessary risks," Pinover said.


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