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Woman dies in rafting accident in southwest Colorado

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Posted at 10:34 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-22 00:34:16-04

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a woman died in a rafting accident on a guided trip on the San Juan River in southwest Colorado.

The Durango Herald reports the raft she was in flipped in a whitewater section of the river north of Pagosa Springs on Thursday morning. The woman, whose name, age and hometown haven't been released, was swept about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) downstream.

Chief Randy Larson with the Pagosa Fire Protection District says a guide in another boat caught up to her on an island in the middle of the river and started CPR. The woman was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

She was wearing a life jacket, a helmet and either a wetsuit or drysuit when she fell into the water.

No other details were released.