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Rafter Dies On Arkansas River Rapids

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(credit: chaffeecounty.org)

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SALIDA, Colo. (CBS4)- A woman from Texas died while rafting in Chaffee County Wednesday afternoon. She was on Class 4 rapids on the Arkansas River north of Salida.

A raft carrying five people turned over when it hit a hard wave at about 1:45 p.m.at Seidel’s Suck Hole in Browns Canyon, about 13 miles north of Salida.

The boat was on an eight boat trip when it capsized. All four passengers and the guide were thrown into the river. Three passengers were picked up by another raft. The guide righted the raft and pulled the victim into it, but before the raft could be brought under control it capsized again in the next rapid.

The 38-year-old woman was washed into some branches where she became trapped. She was recovered quickly but it was determined she had no pulse and was not breathing. CPR was immediately started. She was pronounced dead by a physician from Salida.

At the time of the accident, the river was flowing at a rate of 3,340 cubic feet per second at the nearby Nathrop Gauging Station.

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