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Man dies in Arkansas River rafting accident in Browns Canyon

Man dies in Arkansas River rafting accident in Browns Canyon

A 64-year-old Severance man was killed in a rafting accident Tuesday on the Poudre River west of Fort Collins.

David Costlow, with the River Outfitters Association, confirmed McHarg was indeed wearing a life vest and a helmet, according to the Coloradoan, but became unresponsive when he hit the water. He along with the raft's other six occupants were all wearing helmets and personal flotation devices at the time of the accident, which occurred about 11 miles west of US 287 in the Poudre Canyon, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday.

The man was on a private rafting trip when he fell from the raft in the area of the Widow Maker rapids, the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office said.

Other members of the rafting party pulled Weir out and performed CPR, but were unable to save him.

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After CPR attempts failed, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Chaffee County Coroner will release the victim's name once family is notified.

Personnel with LCSO, Larimer County Emergency Services, Larimer County Dive Rescue Team, Poudre Fire Authority, Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District and Northern Colorado Med Evac responded to Tuesday's incident.


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