Colorado Springs man dies in Royal Gorge rafting accident

June 14, 2014 Updated: June 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm

A 44-year-old Colorado Springs man died Saturday afternoon after a rafting accident at the Royal Gorge, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said.

Christopher Sevilla and five other people were tossed out of a commercial raft about 1:30 p.m. while going through rough waters on the Royal Gorge, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. Sevilla apparently had suffered a respiratory problem before the incident, the Sheriff's Office said.

Sevilla floated down river for a distance before he was pulled to shore unresponsive. Rescuers, including Colorado Parks and Wildlife rangers, attempted to revive him. They flagged down the Royal Gorge Route Railroad tourist train, which was headed back to Canon City.

Sevilla was pronounced dead when the train arrived in Canon City at the South First Street crossing. He was wearing a helmet and a flotation device. It is believed that Sevilla was not with any other family members on the raft trip.


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