LARAMIER COUNTY, Colo. — A 29-year-old woman was killed after an accident on a noncommercial rafting trip on the Cache la Poudre River on Sunday, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
The Larimer County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identity of the woman on Monday as Caela Ann DeCarr, 29, from Fort Collins.
The sheriff’s office received reports about 7:40 p.m. of an overturned raft near mile marker 95 on Highway 14 in Poudre Canyon west of Fort Collins.
Seven people went into the river, officials said. Two were found near the highway and four were found on the opposite side of the river.
The unresponsive woman, DeCarr, was pulled from the river but did not survive despite receiving CPR and other life-saving efforts.
Officials said all of the occupants were wearing helmets and life jackets when the raft overturned.
The river is flowing extremely fast because of snowmelt and recent heavy rains that have drenched the area.
The sheriff’s office recommends anyone who wants to raft the river to go through a commercial rafting company that has qualified instructors, safety equipment and emergency protocols in place.
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