Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Four Americans killed in Costa Rica rafting excursion

Four Americans killed in Costa Rica rafting excursion

Rafting is hugely popular with tourists in Costa Rica, which is now in its wet season, causing waterways to flood.

In a statement, the survivors said: "What was meant to be a weekend to remember for 14 friends turned into a living nightmare".

Three rafts flipped on the Naranjo river Saturday around 3 p.m. and the five victims were carried away downstream, according to the Judicial Investigation Department. The Americans were aged 25 to 35.

Groom Luis Beltran and 13 of his closest friends and relatives embarked on a whitewater rafting trip on the Naranjo River after heavy rains and dangerously high water levels briefly delayed their trip. Most of the group was able to hold on to the rafts or grab rocks or other barriers in or around the water, but not the five deceased.

Along with the four friends, Costa Rican tour guide Kevin Thompson Reid, 45, also died in the accident, NBC 6 reported, citing the Costa Rican government.

The Red Cross said via Facebook that the rafts overturned near Liverpool de Quepos.

"Throughout the risky ride down the river, all of us struggled to stay above water, swallowing lots of it on the way down as our bodies ricocheted against the rocks in the water while struggling to survive", Castro wrote.

Five people, including four Americans, died in a rafting accident in Costa Rica, authorities said.

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado expressed his dismay about the accident on Twitter.

"They all had so much life left to live as sons, brothers, fathers cousins and friends before this devastating tragedy occurred", Castro said in the GoFundMe posting.

"I would like to thank all the emergency and security teams that worked diligently, and I have instructed authorities to help the victim's families".

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