Man dies in rafting accident near Buena Vista |

Man dies in rafting accident near Buena Vista

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) ” A Virginia man is dead after a rafting accident on the Arkansas River near Buena Vista.

Chaffee County Sheriff Tim Walker says 67-year-old Oscar Stevenson III of Eastville, Va., was on a commercial rafting trip Tuesday when his raft overturned at a spot known as Pinball Rapids.

Stevenson was thrown into the water, but a raft guide and other rafters pulled him ashore.

His rescuers performed CPR on Stevenson until emergency crews arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Walker says Stevenson likely suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing.

An autopsy is planned.

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