Body of missing Breckenridge rafter found in Arkansas River |

Body of missing Breckenridge rafter found in Arkansas River

Janice Kurbjun
summit daily news
Summit Daily/Mark FoxDive rescue teams work around the Frog Rock Rapids on the Arkansas River north of Buena Vista Wednesday in an effort to locate and recover the body of Kimberly Appleson, who has been missing from a rafting accident since July 11.

BUENA VISTA – The body of missing rafter Kimberly Appelson was located at about 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Frog Rock area of the Arkansas River.

Officials present at the scene estimated that the body recovery would take approximately an hour after it was spotted by members of the Colorado Springs Fire Department Dive Team.

Appelson, 23 at the time, was a first-year Arkansas Valley Adventures raft guide who was ejected from a raft at an area of the river known as Frog Rock during a recreational excursion. She was off duty at the time of the accident.

Frog Rock is known to contain a potentially deadly underwater rock feature known as a sieve, which officials believed was where Appelson’s body remained trapped since the July 11 incident. It was the focal point of the recovery search that began at noon Wednesday.

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