A 17-year-old Montrose man drowned at the Potholes in Escalante Canyon on Thursday, June 5. He has been identified as Grayson Burris.
According to the Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee, dispatch received a 911 call at 2:15 p.m. Thursday that a young man may have drowned in the Potholes on Escalante Creek. Sheriff deputies, Delta Ambulance and Delta and Mesa County Search and Rescue responded, and recovered his body about 6:30 p.m.
According the the Sheriff's Office, Grayson and friends were swimming in the Potholes when one of the friends was in danger and struggling against the current. Grayson went into the pool to rescue her, and apparently got caught in the undercurrent.
The Potholes are a series of pools and drops formed along Escalante Creek in a rock formation and is a popular spot for kayakers and swimmers, especially during the higher flows during spring runoff. The heavier flows also form dangerous eddies and undercurrent and has claimed several lives over the years.