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Old 06-16-2015   #1
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Raft flips in smelter on the Animas, 56 year old man dead.

Anyone have any beta? Drove by there today and it looked like a keeper...

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Old 06-17-2015   #2
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The Durango Herald 06/16/2015 | Rafter dies after a flip in Smelter Rapid

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Old 06-17-2015   #3
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Condolences to the family.

This year has been bad for our little community.
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Old 06-17-2015   #4
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Hey Peanutranch. There aren't any true "Keeper" holes on the Lower Animas Everything is flushing with tons of green water underneath the holes. I'm fairly certain I was Surfing at the top wave in Smelter when this all went down. River was running at around 4K. Looked like the commercial trip passed us around 5:00 and were skirting all the big hits, going through the moving eddies being ultra careful. I even mentioned this with Oldschool that the Commercials don't run any of the main part of the rapid anymore. I did not see the accident. I am assuming the victim probably fell out at Corner Pocket which has a powerful eddy and went deep for a cold swim. . . Sorry I wasn't surfing at the Ponderosa Wave. Sad to say I think this may be the first commercial rafting death on the Lower Animas I can recall. Condolences to all involved. Regards to family and friends of the victim. Black day on the Lower A.

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