Breckenridge rafting guide missing on Ark.
July 14, 2010
A 23-year-old off-duty rafting guide, Kimberly Appelson of Breckenridge, is missing on the Arkansas River after a private rafting accident.
According to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, Appelson has been missing since Sunday when the raft she was on high sided, ejecting her into the river at Frog Rock, about two miles north of Buena Vista. A second person who was ejected was able to hold onto the raft and pull himself back in. Three other people were able to stay in the raft.
Deputies said Appelson was wearing a life jacket but no helmet. She has not been seen since the accident and a full-scale search has failed to locate any trace of her.
On Monday, the search concentrated around Frog Rock in the Class III rapids. Underwater cameras and probing poles were used but Appleson was not located in the area. At least 6 people have died at the Frog Rock rapids since 1990.
Divers were brought in Tuesday in an effort to locate Appelson between Frog Rock and Buena Vista.