2 men die in rafting accidents in Chaffee, Clear Creek counties

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DENVER — Two people died in separate rafting accidents in the state since Sunday.

On Monday, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said 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.

River guides tried multiple times to get him back in the boat, including casting a line out to him.

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