Sheriff: 94-year-old man swept away, dies after backing ATV into creek

Colorado authorities said a 94-year-old man was swept away and died after backing his ATV into a creek. (Credit: Mesa County Sheriff's Office)

 A 94-year-old man lost his life after he backed an ATV into a creek and got swept away in Colorado, authorities said. 

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office said the tragedy happened Saturday around 3:15 p.m. local time. 

Deputies said a witness had called 911 and said that an older male had been working on his property "when he accidentally backed his four-wheeler into West Creek and was swept away along with the ATV."

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Several agencies took part in these search and the man was found about a quarter mile downstream unconscious and not breathing.

First responders said life-saving measures were unsuccessful. 

This story was reported from Los Angeles.