Miami-area tourists killed in rafting accident in Costa Rica

Lester Mason
October 22, 2018

Four tourists from Miami-Dade County were killed Saturday in a rafting accident along the Naranjo River in Costa Rica, officials said.

The local guide was identified as Kevin Thompson Reid.

The Judicial Investigation Department has launched an investigation into the incident. Some passengers were rescued, but the four men and the guide were pushed downstream, the station said.

The group - alumni of Christopher Columbus High School - were in Costa Rica to celebrate a friend's bachelor party.

"We have had some trouble confirming the total number of tourists and their nationalities since we have been unable to get a hold of the representatives of the tour company", local outlet the Costa Rica Star quoted him as saying.

The Americans had arrived in Costa Rica Oct. 18 and had been renting a house in Playa Hermosa de Jaco, according to the government. The country has seen heavy rains in recent weeks, swelling the Naranjo River.

"Fourteen tourists and three guides on board three rafts, and a kayaker, were on the Naranjito river in Quepos, Puntarenas when the accident occurred", Alexander Morales told AFP.

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

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