Rafter dies along Arkansas River in Colorado

Rapids in a river. Photo MGN/Tom Samworth / Youtube
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SALIDA, Colo. (KKTV) - The Arkansas River claimed the life of a rafter on Friday near Salida.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is stating rangers received a report of a man seen floating face down in the river near Bear Creek Rapid just below Salida. A rescue operation was started at about 12:45 p.m. after a 911 call reported a private raft had flipped and five people ended up in the water.

Kayakers floating with the private raft were able to rescue four of the five people. The fifth was carried downstream.

The rangers were able to pull the fifth person from the river and started life-saving measures, but the man died at the scene.

The victim has not been identified.

“We offer our condolences to the family of this person,” said Tom Waters, AHRA operations manager. “And I appreciate the efforts of the six CPW rangers and all the other responders who initiated the search and rescue and tried to save this man. Sadly, they were unsuccessful.”

This marks the third boating-related death in the Arkansas Headwater Recreation Area in just 2019.