One of the Rafting Accident Survivors in Costa Rica Describes The Tragic Event
Four US Tourist and One Costa Rican Tour Guide are the Victims of Rafting Accident in Quepos
Fourteen friends arrived in Costa Rica on October 18 with the idea of celebrating one of their friends bachelor party , tragedy met them in Costa Rica and only 10 of them will be returning to Miami alive, each of them lost four of their friends in the rafting accident that took place Saturday, October 20 on the Naranjo River in Quepos when three of their rafts capsized.
Anthony Castro, one of the survivors, wrote about their this tragedy in a letter posted in the GoFundMe page they set up to alleviate costs for funeral and memorial expenses:
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What was meant to be a weekend to remember for 14 friends turned into a living nightmare. We decided to celebrate Luis Beltran’s bachelor party in Costa Rica on the weekend of October 18, 2018.
We’ve all been friends for many years and we knew we wanted to do something special for our friend before his wedding. We planned a few activities, one of them being a white water rafting tour on the Saturday of our trip.
When we first arrived, it was windy and raining, and the professional tour guides advised that we wait a bit before going out on the water. Less than an hour later, we got the okay to head out, and the 14 of us separated onto 3 different rafts. Within five minutes of being out on the river, all three rafts capsized, and everyone ended up in the water.
Everyone struggled to get back on the rafts, with some efforts being successful, but ultimately the rafts continued to capsize due to the immense current. Within minutes, all of us were careening down the river with life jackets and helmets just trying to stabilize and find something to hold on to.
Throughout the dangerous ride down the river, all of us struggled to stay above water, swallowing lots of it on the way down as our bodies ricocheted against the rocks in the water while struggling to survive. Most of us were ultimately able to grab hold of rocks or barriers in or around the water and await the rescue teams to get to us. Unfortunately, not all of us were so lucky. Four of our dear friends drowned in those waters.
Luis, the man we hoped to celebrate all weekend, lost a brother and we all lost four great friends during this vacation which went horribly wrong.
This GoFundMe has been created to help raise money for the families of our friends Ernesto Sierra, Andres Denis, Jorge Caso, and Sergio Lorenzo (including his children) with their devastating losses.