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2 rafting deaths in 2 days in Colorado

By: The Associated Press
June 5, 2018 Updated: June 5, 2018 at 12:51 pm
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A raft floats the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon between Buena Vista and Salida. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette file)

DENVER — Another person has died in a rafting accident in Colorado.

On Monday, the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office says 46-year-old Christian Sheetz of Summit County died after the private raft he was riding in with his wife capsized near Buena Vista. His wife managed to swim to shore but Sheetz was swept downstream. His body was found about four hours later.

On Sunday a man visiting from the Chicago area died after he fell out a raft in a rougher section of Clear Creek near Idaho Springs while on a commercial rafting trip. KCNC-TV reports that river guides tried multiple times to get him back in the boat, including casting a line out to him.

Duke Bradford, director at AVA Rafting in nearby Idaho Springs, says the man went overboard in a rougher section of the creek known as the lower canyon. 

Bradford says it's unclear what caused the man to fall into the creek.

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Information from: KCNC-TV, http://www.cbsdenver.com

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