Man Dies While Rafting on the Poudre River West of Fort Collins
A 64-year-old Severance man died while rafting on the Poudre River West of Fort Collins yesterday. On June 27 at approximately 10:25 a.m., the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a rafting accident on the Poudre River near mile marker 110 on Highway 14 approximately 11 miles west of U.S. Highway 287.
According to a release from the Larimer County Sheriff, there were a total of seven people in a commercial raft with Rocky Mountain Adventures that flipped over. The victim was pulled from the river unresponsive and the commercial raft guide started CPR. He was airlifted by helicopter to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, but did not survive.
The other occupants of the raft made it safely to shore and were not injured. All occupants of the raft were wearing helmets and personal flotation devices. The Larimer County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death.
2nd Death in Two Weeks
The Coloradoan reported that the incident is the second death on the Poudre River in just two weeks. 18-year-old Maximillian Lopex of Seattle died on June 18 after getting caught in a dam while tubing near Bellvue.