Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Man drowned in the Arkansa River doing rafting with Royal Gorge Rafting Co. in the Royal Gorge in Fremont County, CO

Fremont County Coroner confirms drowning as cause of rafter's death
Posted: 05/01/2017 04:01:02 PM MDT

The identity of the man who died Sunday in a rafting accident is still undisclosed.

Fremont County Coroner Randy Keller said the victim is from out of the country and that family members are still trying to be reached.

Keller confirmed the victim died of drowning rather than any other medical condition.

According to a news release from Sgt. Megan Richards of the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched at 12:38 p.m. Sunday to the river near the end of CR 61 for a report of a commercial rafting accident that left three people in the river.

Upon arrival, FCSO found all parties out of the river and OK, except the one male who was unresponsive. CPR was attempted on the victim but was unsuccessful.

Keller said he believed the rafting company did everything they could to save the victim and should not be held at fault.

Keller would not say which rafting company was involved and the Daily Record has reached out to FCSO for the name but has not received a response.


FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - One man has died after a commercial rafting accident in Fremont County Saturday afternoon.

On Monday, the Fremont County coroner released the cause of death as "accidental drowning" following an autopsy. The man was visiting from outside of the country and his identity has not been made public. Authorities are still trying to notify his family of his passing.

According to the Fremont County Sheriff's office, they got a call for a commercial rafting accident on the Arkansas River near Sunshine Rapid around 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The report said that three people had fallen into the river.

When deputies got on scene they found that everyone was out of the river, but, one man was unresponsive and not breathing. Medical crews couldn't access the scene, so a rail truck with the Royal Gorge Route Railroad was called to take the man to them.

CPR was performed but the man was pronounced dead.

In addition to the sheriff's office and Royal Gorge railroad, the Cañon City Fire Department, AMR, Flight for Life and Colorado Parks and Wildlife were all involved in rescue efforts.

The rafting company involved is Royal Gorge Rafting out of Cañon City.