Restrictions in place after man dies in rafting accident on Arkansas River

FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - On Monday afternoon, deputies were investigating a deadly rafting accident on the Arkansas River.

Photo of the Arkansas River. Taken by KKTV 6/11/19

It happened just before 4 p.m. near Highway 50, west of Canon City near Spike. Witnesses said that a Texas man, 42-year-old Sameer Prasla, was killed after his raft flipped over and fell into the river.

Tallahassee Fire, AMR, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife performed "life saving measures," but Prasla died at the scene. According to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, Prasla was wearing a life jacket and helmet when the accident happened.

Prasla was part of a Boy Scouts of America group that was rafting the river.

Two lanes of Highway 50 were also shut down while first responders worked to save the man.

On Tuesday, the City of Pueblo and the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office announced restrictions on the river due to dangerous conditions. The restriction were put in place from Pueblo Boulevard to the Pueblo County and Otero County line. They cited "dangerously fast-flowing and high water on the river" as a reason.

Activities restricted in Pueblo County include swimming, tubing, or using any type of inflatable raft. Violators will be cited, according to the sheriff's office.

Whitewater canoes and kayaks are still allowed on the river from Pueblo Boulevard to Colorado Highway 227.

The public is being advised to stay away from the banks of the river and streams as saturated banks can break away.