Police ID man who died in Clear Creek rafting accident

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IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. — Rescue crews returned to Clear Creek Saturday afternoon after reports of a rafting accident.

According to Golden Fire Rescue, swift water rescue crews had responded to assist Clear Creek Fire Authority with a rafting accident.

The Idaho Springs Police Department confirmed that a rafter died in the incident.

Police said the rafter fell into the waters from his watercraft and was washed several miles downstream before he was recovered.

Investigators were on scene handling the case and said they are unsure if the raft tipped over or if the accident may be due to other circumstances.

Saturday evening, Idaho Springs Police Chief David Wohlers confirmed the victim’s identification as 41-year-old Kenneth Barkley of Brighton.

At the end of May, officials in Boulder and Larimer counties banned tubing and recreational rafting along Boulder Creek, Poudre River, St. Vrain Creek and Clear Creak due to high waters moving at dangerous speeds. They advised people not to purpose recreational activities in these waters until further notice.

This incident came after several others died as a result of the dangerous waters over the past several weeks.

Earlier Saturday, rescue crews searched Clear Creek for a man who went missing after jumping into the creek Friday night.

On Wednesday, a woman died when her raft overturned in the Poudre River.

The same river claimed the lives of a teenaged boy and his uncle over Memorial Day weekend.

And a 13-year-old girl was swept miles downstream after the truck she was a passenger in flipped into the Boulder Creek.