31/05/2013

British Man Dies In Alaska Rafting Accident

A British man is reported to have died during a white-water rafting accident in Alaska.

The man died just days after he was said to have scaled America's tallest mountain, Sky News has said.

The man, being named as 47-year-old Stephen Morton is understood to have fallen from a boat while exploring Six Mile Creek near Hope, Alaska. It is thought he was part of a 10-man team.

Mr Morton, who is from Cambridge, was unconscious and not breathing when other members of the team pulled him from the water on Tuesday.

He was revived by paramedics and airlifted to hospital in Anchorage where he died overnight.

His body has been sent to the State Examiner's Office for a post-mortem.

KTUU, a television station based in Anchorage, quoted from an email said to have been from the deceased man's wife, Vanessa Langlois.

It read: "We are (devastated).

"He phoned before he left for the rafting trip. He was so happy to have (summited) Denali safely and was so happy to be coming home, talking about the gifts he was about to buy for the kids."

An Alaska State Troopers spokesman said the raft Mr Morton was travelling in when it capsized, throwing everyone overboard, was operated by NOVA River Runners.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said it is aware of Mr Morton's death and was providing consular assistance to the family.

(JP)

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