Rafters Cancel Trips After Injuries, Death

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Rafters are canceling their trips on the Poudre River following five injuries and a death.

Mountain Whitewater Descents owner Brad Modesitt says business is down at least 25 percent, even though the water is the best it has been in years, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

Last week a Kansas man died on a rafting trip on the Cache la Poudre River west of Fort Collins of drowning and complications of heart disease.

Officials restricted some recreational access to the Poudre because of the flows. Inner tubes, air mattresses and small inflatable rafts have been banned until the waters calm down.

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  • Jackie Hillebrand

    We rafted on the Poudre on June 14. Everyone, including my 9 year old daughter and the guide, were ejected into the water. I went at least a mile downriver in the water, unable to do anything but try to survive the flow. It was the most harrowing experience of my life, and i’m convinced that we should not have been in that river as beginners. Thank goodness my daughter was saved from going as far in the rapids as i was by another in our group. We were sent on this trip, assuming it was safe. So beware, travelers.

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