Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Americans, 1 tour guide killed in Costa Rican raft accident

Quepos from the air Mangroves town marina Punta Quepos and in the distance Manuel Antonio Quepos from the air Mangroves town marina Punta Quepos and in the distance Manuel Antonio
Jeannette Daniel | 22 October, 2018, 19:42

Police investigating the deaths of four Americans in Costa Rica are focusing on the tour company that took them on a rafting trip that cost them their lives.

"What was meant to be a weekend to remember for 14 friends turned into a living nightmare", Chris Comas, who survived the tragedy, said in a statement.

The group of Americans were from Miami were all alumni of Christopher Columbus High School and in Costa Rica to celebrate a friend's bachelor party.

The four Americans were on a rafting tour that included 14 people on three rafts, all of which capsized Saturday afternoon. Their ages ranged from 25 to 35.

The local guide was identified as Kevin Thompson Reid.

Shortly after the accident, Carlos Alvarado, the president of Costa Rica, tweeted about the accident.

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The five victims were all swept downstream and were recovered after a five-hour search.

Authorities said the river was swollen by rains, and the National Emergency Commission maintained an alert in the area due to the possibility of flooding.

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

Beltran's friends, many of whom he'd known since high school, arrived in Costa Rica from the USA on October 18 and had been renting a house in Playa Hermosa de Jaco.

"We are saddened by news of rafting accident in #CostaRica".

Earlier this month, a MA man who was celebrating his honeymoon in Costa Rica was killed by flooding in Playa Dominicalito when he attempted to drive across a submerged bridge.

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