Lafayette man dies while rafting in Browns Canyon

A 64-year-old man was on a commercial rafting trip when he died on the Poudre River Tuesday after his raft flipped.

CHAFFEE COUNTY - A Lafayette man died Tuesday afternoon while rafting in Browns Canyon along the Arkansas River.

Just before 2:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office was called about a man who had been pulled out of the water near the Widowmaker Rapids – a class 3 section of water.

Deputies say the man, identified as 64-year-old Mark Wher, was on a private raft trip when he fell into the water. 

He was retrieved shortly after and was immediately administered CPR.

After CPR attempts failed, Wher was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chaffee County Search and Rescue, Salida Fire Swift Water Rescue and Colorado Parks and Wildfire assisted at the scene.

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