A man died Friday after he was pulled from the Arkansas River following a rafting accident.

A rescue operation unfolded about 12:45 p.m. after authorities took a 911 call about a private raft flipping and five people going into the water, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release.

The man was seen floating down the river near Bear Creek Rapid below Salida, the release said.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area rangers “rescued the man and began life-saving measures as emergency medical personnel arrived” on scene, the release said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kayakers floating with the private raft were able to rescue four of the people who were flipped into the water.

Local, state and federal emergency responders worked together to find the victim, pull him from the river and render aid in the rescue attempt.

“We offer our condolences to the family of this person,” said Tom Waters, AHRA operations manager, in the release. “And I appreciate the efforts of the six CPW rangers and all the other responders who initiated the search and rescue and tried to save this man. Sadly, they were unsuccessful.”

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area stretches 152 miles along the river from Leadville to Pueblo. It’s managed through a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Friday’s accident is the third boating-related death in the recreation area in 2019.

The Chaffee County coroner will identify the victim and determine a cause of death.