A Texas man died Monday in the Arkansas River while whitewater rafting just days after state officials issued high water warning across the state.
Sameer Prasla, 42, was rafting with the Rocky Mountain High Adventure Base when he was thrown from his raft in Fremont County west of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, according to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office. Prasla was in Colorado with a large Boy Scouts of America group. Prasla was later identified as a father of one of the scouts.
Prasla was wearing a life jacket and a helmet while out on the water, the sheriff’s office said.
This is the state’s second river rafting-related death this year. Officials say high water can create dangerous conditions in the rivers. Several rafting companies are now avoiding three sections of the Arkansas River because of the high water.
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