Evansville mother identified as victim in Colorado rafting accident

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(Courtesy: Pierre Funeral Home)


An Evansville mother of three has been identified as the victim in a Colorado rafting accident.

The Durango Herald reports 43-year-old Amy Kirsch died as a result of drowning. According to their article, the coroner said her death is being ruled an accident.

Kirsch, who was rafting in Colorado, was on vacation with her family at the time of the incident on June 20th.

The incident happened on a commercial rafting trip on the San Juan River, north of Pagosa Springs.

Kirsch, her husband, and three children were on the guided trip on a section of the river, which is considered a 4/5 run, at a time when the river was running at higher-than-normal flows, according to The Durango Herald.

Authorities say the raft hit a wave and sent Kirsch, her husband and two of her daughters overboard.
The guide and another nearby raft were able to rescue the other family members, but Kirsch was swept away.

When the guides caught up with Kirsch, who was unconscious without a pulse, they performed CPR while waiting for emergency crews.

Kirsch was put in an ambulance, where she regained a pulse, but was still unconscious. But Kirsch wasn’t able to survive, according to The Durango Herald.

At the time of the accident, everyone was wearing a personal flotation device, a helmet and either a wetsuit or drysuit.

Funeral arrangements

Next Monday, there will be a Mass of Christian Burial for Amy Kirsch at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th at Pierre Funeral Home.

Kirsch is survived by her husband of 21 years, Michael Kirsch; two daughters, Victoria and Samanth; a son, Nicholas; her parents, one brother and several nieces and nephews.

Amy Kirsch was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church, a 1994 graduate of Reitz High School and a 1997 graduate of USI.

She loved the beach, dancing, traveling with her family, the outdoors, camping, and photography.

She worked as the Lead Educational Coordinator for the Respiratory Therapy Department at Deaconess Hospital.

Memorial contributions may be made to Deaconess Riley Clinic in care of Deaconess Foundation.

Photo courtesy of Pierre Funeral Home

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(This story was originally published on June 27, 2019)

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