Jun 14, 2014 8:57 PM by Zach Thaxton

Rafting accident victim dies onboard Royal Gorge tourist train

A Colorado Springs man died onboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad Saturday afternoon following a rafting accident in the Arkansas River.  Christopher Sevilla, 44, was pronounced dead when the train arrived in Cañon City.

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says Sevilla was riding a commercial raft in the Gorge when he apparently began experiencing respiratory problems.  Sevilla and five other rafters were then thrown from the raft while negotiating rough rapids.

Sevilla floated downriver for "some distance," according to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, before being pulled ashore by Colorado Parks and Wildlife rangers, who immediately began CPR and called for emergency responders.  The rangers flagged down the Royal Gorge Railroad, which was on its way back to Cañon City, and loaded Sevilla onto the train while continuing resuscitation efforts.  Sevilla was pronounced dead when the train returned to Cañon City.

Sevilla was wearing proper rafting equipment, including a helmet and personal floatation device.


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