A 25-year-old woman who was pulled from the Poudre River after a raft she was riding overturned died on Wednesday, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said.

The woman, who hasn't been identified, went into the water at about 2:30 p.m. The sheriff's office announced that she had been pronounced dead at about 6:25 p.m.

It is the third death on the flood swollen river in the past two weeks.

Jose Antonio Terrel Pena, of Evans, and his 14-year-old nephew, Christopher Alania, of Greeley, drowned on a family fishing trip near the Ouzel Picnic Area in the Poudre Canyon on May 26.

Pena died when he jumped into the water trying to save his nephew, after the boy fell into the river. Both were swept away.

On Wednesday, someone reported spotting an overturned raft in the river near the 13000 block of the Poudre Canyon, west of Fort Collins, at 2:41 p.m.

About 16 minutes later, witnesses reported seeing an unconscious rafter in the river.

The sheriff's office said three other people who were rafting with the woman are safe.

They were all in the raft when the privately-owned raft they were riding in capsized.

The Cache la Poudre is one of several northern Colorado rivers gorged with melting snow and recent heavy rains.

Residents have been warned to exercise "extreme caution" near the river and tubing has been banned.

In many places water has undercut the banks, making them extremely unstable and increasing the chance of collapse.


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Tips for avoiding trouble, include: wear life jackets, stay away from river banks where water is flowing high, watch the weather and your surroundings and if caught in fast-flowing water, try to float feet first in a half-sitting position.

Tom McGhee: 303-954-1671, tmcghee@denverpost.com or twitter.com/dpmcghee