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Man dies after being thrown from raft on the Arkansas River

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Posted at 1:12 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 15:12:14-04

CANON CITY, Colo. — A Pueblo area man died Friday after he was thrown from a raft on the Arkansas River, according to a release Monday from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

The 53-year-old man, who was wearing a life-jacket and helmet, was on a private raft trip with friends when he was ejected from the raft after it hit a river hydraulic known as a hole in the Royal Gorge near Canon City.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was recovered downstream where CPR was performed. He was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The river was flowing 2,780 cubic feet per second at the Parkdale gauging station at the time of the accident, the release read.