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7 people and a dog are safe after a raft capsizes on the Colorado River

7 people and a dog are safe after a raft capsizes on the Colorado River

7 people and a dog are safe after a raft capsizes on the Colorado River

Several people wearing helmets and aquatic equipment paddle a whitewater raft in the rapids of a river

FILE IMAGE: A group joins a whitewater rafting tour led by Colorado Adventure Center in 2023. (KDVR)

DENVER (KDVR) – Seven people and a dog were safe after a raft capsized in the Colorado River near New Castle on Sunday, according to the Colorado River Fire Protection District.

They all rescued themselves and did not require outside intervention.


Three children were separated from the group but managed to get out on their own. The four adults went down the river and also managed to get out safely.

They were all wearing life jackets, according to CRFPD.

20 deaths from water so far in 2024

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, there have been 20 water-related deaths in the state in the first half of the year.

In total there were 32 water-related deaths in 2023.

CPW urges people to wear appropriate safety equipment while engaging in water recreation activities. This includes things like properly fitted life jackets.

People should also be aware of their surroundings and know their limitations before setting out, according to CPW.