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Report ID# 2321

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • Cold Water
  • High Water

Accident Description

 Flows were high (130 to 150 cms = about 5000 cfs) and water is very cold in June. Weekend weather was also cool. A coroner's review will be undertaken and further details will thus be reported.

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 20074:49 PM MT CBC News

Alberta man dies in B.C. rafting accident

A Calgary man died in a rafting accident on the Kicking Horse River east of Golden on the weekend, British Columbia RCMP say. Saffin Virani, 35, was on a guided rafting excursion with the Alpine Rafting Company, police said Wednesday. Golden, B.C. Virani, who was with a group of 39 people, was riding in the first of five rafts when it overturned sending all of its occupants into the water. Everyone except Virani made it safely to shore, police said. Although he was pulled out of the water within minutes and CPR was administered, he could not be saved. All of the participants were wearing helmets and life-jackets, but Virani's helmet had come off by the time he was pulled from the water, police said. An autopsy will be conducted.

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