Four American tourists and their tour guide have been killed in a weekend rafting accident in Costa Rica.
Three rafts flipped on the Naranjo River Saturday around 3 pm and the five victims were carried away downstream, according to the Judicial Investigation Organism.
Other passengers managed to cling to the rafts and some were rescued by another guide in a kayak.
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.
Images of the rescue search efforts in Costa Rica where four American tourists were killed
Three rafts flipped on the Naranjo River in Costa Rica on Saturday, pictured is the ambulance responding to the scene
In total there were 14 tourists aboard the rafts and five guides when three rafts capsized
Costa Rican officials identified those who died as Ernesto Sierra, Jorge Caso, Sergio Lorenzo and Andres Dennis.
The local guide who died was identified as Kevin Thompson Reid (pictured)
The local guide was identified as Kevin Thompson Reid.
In total there were 14 tourists aboard the rafts and five guides.
The Americans had arrived in Costa Rica October 18 and had been renting a house in Playa Hermosa de Jaco, according to the government.
Authorities said the river was swollen by rains
The National Emergency Commission maintained an alert in the area due to the possibility of flooding.
The Naranjo River is one of the most popular rivers for rafting and water sports in Costa Rica.
‘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 of the Red Cross told AFP.
The Red Cross said via Facebook that the rafts overturned near Liverpool de Quepos.
Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado expressed his dismay about the accident on Twitter.
He asked authorities to provide all possible support to the victims’ families.
Authorities said the Naranjo River was swollen by rains, pictured