FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Fort Collins man died Friday after a tubing accident in the Poudre River on the Fourth of July.
Matthew Spates, 26, was taken to the Medical Center of the Rockies Thursday afternoon, and he died at 3:50 a.m. Friday, according to a news release from the Larimer County Coroner’s Office.
His cause of death was drowning, according to the release.
The Poudre Fire Authority and partner agencies responded to a water rescue call on the Poudre River near Lions Open
Space on Overland Trail at 3:17 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Poudre Fire Authority.
Bystanders said rafters were in need of help, according to the release.
Eight people were on an “island-like structure” and they were giving one person CPR, which rescuers took over when they arrived.
A ninth person was found in a tree in the river.