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Delta man drowns in Escalante potholes

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Rescuers employ ropes to drop into the churning water of Escalante Creek in an attempt to locate Bryan Reim. Reim failed to surface after jumping into one of the "potholes."

Bryan Reim, 35, of Delta drowned while swimming in the potholes on Escalante Creek, the Delta County Sheriff's Office reports.

Reim was enjoying the area with family and friends Saturday, June 3, when he jumped into a pool and failed to surface. Dispatch was notified of a possible drowning at 5:30 p.m. Sheriff's deputies, fire department personnel and Delta County Search and Rescue responded and began to search the area. Assistance was requested from a rope/swift water team with Mesa County Search and Rescue. A commercial diving operation from Grand Junction was also brought in, but they could not locate Reim. Shortly after dark, the search was suspended for the day. Rescue teams were back on site at 5:30 the following morning. The search continued until about 2 p.m., when it was determined Reim could not be retrieved from the deep pool. The search has been suspended until conditions are more favorable. Meanwhile, sheriff's deputies and BLM rangers will continue to closely watch the area.

The sheriff's office reminds everyone to be aware of the dangerous conditions and to pay attention to the warning signs in the area.

The powerful current in the potholes has claimed several lives over the years, the most recent being a teenager from Montrose in June 2014.

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