The group consisted of 6 craft - 1 raft (5 people), 1 inflatable kayak (2 people), 4 hard-shell kayaks ( 4 people). The raft hit a rock at Bear Creek Falls rapid. All passengers were flung from the boat.
When the first kayaker to arrive at the victim, the victim's life jacket was on, but his head was underwater.
The Latest: Man dies in rafting accident in Colorado.
Colo. (AP) — The Latest on rescues on Colorado’s swollen rivers
say a man died after the raft he was in flipped on the Arkansas River in
Parks and Wildlife officials say five people were thrown from the privately
owned raft in a whitewater section of the river below Salida on Friday
afternoon. Kayakers floating near the raft rescued four of the people, but the
fifth was carried downstream.
man, whose name has not been released, was seen floating face-down and was
pulled from the water. Rangers with the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
performed CPR, but the man died at the scene.