Experienced rafter dies after falling into river in Colorado canyon, cops say

A 38-year-old experienced rafter died after falling overboard into a river in Colorado, deputies said.

The man was with a group when he fell into the water and vanished at about 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 in the Colorado River in Gore Canyon, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said.

The group eventually spotted him in the water and pulled him out, deputies said in a Facebook post. He was unresponsive.

Rescuers had to go through “challenging and mountainous terrain” to reach the man, deputies said, so they used a high-rail truck.

Rescuers found that “lifesaving interventions had been exhausted and the man was determined deceased on scene,” deputies said.

He was wearing a helmet and flotation device, deputies said.

A coroner will determine his cause of death.

His body was found at Pyrite Rapids, which is near Kremmling.

Kremmling is about 105 miles northwest of Denver.

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