Man dies in rafting accident near Nathrop - The Denver Post
Man dies in rafting accident near Nathrop
The Denver Post
One man has died after a rafting accident today on Class 3 rapids in the Arkansas River
, according to the Chaffee County
The victim, a 49-year-old man from Carrollton, Texas
,, was part of a commercial rafting trip.
The Sheriff's Office is withholding the man's name until his family is notified.
At 10:36 a.m., the man's boat hit a rock in the Pinball Rapids in Brown's Canyon near Nathrop, according to the Sheriff's Office. All of the boat's passengers were thrown from the boat.
The victim held on to the capsized raft and was pulled onto a second boat. He was responsive when he was taken out of the water, but his heart stopped on the second boat, said Stew Pappenfort , a senior ranger at the Arkansas
Headwaters Recreation Area.
Resuscitation efforts were started immediately. Colorado
State Park Rangers and Emergency Medical Services arrived within an hour, the Sherrif's Office said. The victim was then evacuated by Chaffee County
Search and Rescue.
He was pronounced dead by Chaffee County Coroner Randy Amettis at 12:40 p.m.
"He was only in the water a couple of minutes," Pappenfort said. "It could be that the cold water and extertion caused a medical complication, but that's pure speculation at this point."
The river was flowing at 1860 cubic feet per second at the Pinball Rapids, the Sheriff's Office said.
Headwaters has no high water advisories for that section of the river, Pappenfort said.
"It's very boatable," he said. "If I could choose any place to go boating, I'd choose Brown's Canyon." At least six people have drowned in the state's rivers in the past 30 days, including two Denver
-area residents who drowned on Tuesday after a rafting accident on the Pine Creek rapids in the Arkansas River.