HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas health care provider saved his daughter when she became trapped by their overturned raft in a hurrying Colorado river, but was unable to save himself.

Dustin Harker, 47, a neurologist from Hutchinson, was on a whitewater rafting excursion Friday with mates from church and 4 of his 13 young children when the incident happened in the Sunshine Falls location on the Arkansas River.

The family had rafted the identical river in previous many years but the rapids ended up much more turbulent than common owing to superior amounts of rainfall, Harker’s sister-in-regulation, Sharon Neu Youthful, mentioned in an e-mail to the Hutchinson News.

A raft carrying Harker and 3 of his youngsters capsized.

“Everyone struggled to get over drinking water,” Youthful wrote. “In the tumult, Dustin threw the capsized raft off his youngest daughter who was trapped underneath.” She did not disclose the girl’s age.

Absolutely everyone built it to shore and Harker was even able to discuss, but he “had presently taken on too considerably water” and before long became unresponsive, Youthful wrote. He died in spite of CPR efforts.

Cheryl Gonsalves, advertising and marketing manager for Hutchinson Clinic, reported Harker cared deeply about his patients.

“He was certainly revered right here,” she reported.

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