Body of missing rafter found in Triplet Falls, identified

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Stock photo of Triplet Falls (Photo provided by: National Park Service)

Stock photo of Triplet Falls (Photo courtesy: National Park Service)

DINOSAUR, Colo. —  A body of a missing rafter was found on Monday afternoon by a search and rescue team at Triplet Falls, after a rafting group over turned two days prior.

On Saturday after the incident, three of the four occupants were able to swim to shore.  The fourth was a 34-year-old man from Denver who appeared to be stuck his friends said.

The Moffat County Coroner’s Office identified the victim on Tuesday as Richard Francis Zinter.

The group saw Zinter’s personal floating device and a shoe floating down the river where he disappeared.

After searching for Zinter for hours in the water before dark, his friends notified an Echo Park Ranger the next morning.

Search and recovery efforts launched on Monday and found the victims body around 12:30 p.m.

This is the third death within recent days on Colorado’s rivers.

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The group of four rafters said they wanted to run the “Birth Canal,” after they ran the Triplet Falls rapid with a 16-member crew earlier that day.

The four of them completed the Birth Canal successfully, but hit a rock shortly after causing the raft to flip.

Triplet Falls had a Class III difficulty rating for rafters.  The falls are approximately 12 miles from Dinosaur National Monument.

Douglas and Jefferson Counties both issued tubing bans, due to similar incidences in those fast moving waters.

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