Jun 242011
Authors: Matt Miller

A rafting accident about 25 miles west of Fort Collins in the Poudre River left one rafter dead, another with a suspected broken leg and two uninjured on Thursday.

The Poudre River has been fast flowing this month due to the melting of heavy winter snowpack.

Four rafters, who were part of a commercial rafting trip operated by Rocky Mountain Adventures of Fort Collins, were involved in the accident, said a Larimer County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Larimer County Emergency Services and the Larimer County Dive Rescue Team were dispatched to assist Poudre Canyon Fire Department at approximately 12:40 p.m.

Two rafters were found stuck on an island across from the Mishawaka Inn, a third had a suspected broken leg and the fourth required cardio pulmonary resuscitation and died on scene.

The identity of the victim and the cause of death are yet to be determined by the Larimer County Coroner. The condition of the injured rafter, who was transported to Medical Center of the Rockies by helicopter, is unknown, the press release said.

The age, sex and hometowns of those involved were not available.

Check collegian.com for more updates and look in the June 29 Collegian for an in depth story.

News Editor Matt Miller can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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