Texas man dies in Arkansas River rafting accident
July 10, 2009
SALIDA, Colo. – A Texas man volunteering at a Boy Scout camp in Colorado has died in a rafting accident.
Police say 49-year-old David Campbell of Carrollton, Texas, died Thursday when his raft capsized in the Arkansas River.
Campbell was a volunteer with the Rocky Mountain Boy Scouts High Adventure Base at Poncha Springs. His raft capsized in a class 3 rapid.
Boy Scout officials told The Pueblo Chieftain that Campbell went unconscious after being pulled out of the river, and that resuscitation efforts failed.
The death was the third rafting related fatality on the Arkansas River this week. Jimmy Nakama, 40, of Littleton, and Thomas Spicknall, 36, of Centennial, drowned Tuesday after they were thrown from a private raft in the Pine Creek Rapids section.