1 dead in rafting accident on Green River in Dinosaur National Monument

Raft on river. File photo: 5/13/2016
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DINOSAUR, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A California man has died in a rafting accident in Dinosaur National Monument.

According to a press release from the National Park Service on Saturday, the 47-year-old whose name hasn’t been released, was on a commercial rafting trip on Green River with friends and family.

A boat on the trip flipped Saturday just before 1 p.m., and the man was underwater for about 10 minutes before others were able to get him out of the water and perform CPR for more than an hour. When a medical helicopter got to the scene, emergency crews declared the man deceased, according to the press release.

He was taken to a hospital in Vernal, Utah.

NPS staff, parks and wildlife and the Moffat County Sheriff’s office were launching a rescue mission by raft from the north along the river, when the helicopter crew arrived at the accident scene. That rescue team helped others from the rafting trip to a place on the river where they could take out, according to the press release.

It happened at Triplet Falls, in the northern part of the park, on the Colorado side. That part of Green River has a Class III difficulty rating, and parks service say river flow was approximately 2,350 cubic feet per second at the time of the accident.

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