POLITICS

Man dies after raft goes over waterfall and flips on Alberta river

07/22/2012 11:11 EDT | Updated 09/21/2012 05:12 EDT
LONGVIEW, Alta. - A whitewater rafter has died in an accident south of Calgary.

RCMP say the 35-year-old man was rafting with four friends on the Highwood River on Sunday afternoon when their raft went over a waterfall and flipped.

The others made it to safety, but the man who died drifted downstream where swimmers saw him floating face down.

Police say they pulled him from the water but had to scramble up a steep 60-metre bank to call for help.

They say the victim was wearing a helmet and a life jacket.

Police say he was from Calgary.