Fatal Rafting Accident

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two men who died on a commercial rafting trip on the upper Animas River have been identified as a guide from Durango and a tourist from Texas.

La Plata County director of emergency preparedness Butch Knowlton says Darrel Bogenrief of Durango was about 25 years old and Scott Licona of Lumberton, Texas, was 30.

Durango-based Mild to Wild Rafting says the men were part of a four-raft trip with the company on Friday when one raft rolled in the expert-level current of the Ten Mile Rapids.

Witnesses say the men were in the water for some time before other rafters reached them.

Autopsies are planned for Monday.

Bogenrief had been a guide with Mild to Wild Rafting for at least five years.

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