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Cusco river rafting accident leaves one tourist dead, another missing
By Manuel Vigo
December 19, 2012
A river rafting expedition has left one person dead, and another missing, in the region of Cusco.
The fatal accident occurred when three boats overturned during a river-rafting expedition in the Vilcanota River, in Cusco, RPP reported.
A total of 12 tourists and 3 expedition guides fell into the river waters, in the province of La Convención, on Tuesday afternoon. Despite the intense currents, most were able to swim to safety.
A total of 8 tourists were reported missing after the incident, six of whom were found hours later.
However, a 25-year-old Canadian tourist was found dead, hours after the incident, El Comercio reported.
Meanwhile, Peruvian rescue crews continue to search for Alycia Berrier, a 23-year-old American.
Luciano Diapoli, an Argentine tourist who survived, said the incident was the result of the tour guides’ negligence.
"That turbulence is only for professionals", he said to RPP.
"We thought that these people were aware of what they were doing, but the situation got out of control.”
"It was horror see them fight for their lives. I asked the guide to put the boat on the side because I wanted to get to land and suddenly the boat jumped and we fell, but then they threw a rope… we had the misfortune of seeing a person floating [down the river].”
Update: The body of Alycia Berrier was found on Wednesday afternoon, La Republica reported.
According to the daily, Aqua Trek Peru, the company that provided the boats and guides, would be fined for lacking the necessary permits required for providing rafting services in the river.
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Total coments: 15
Commented By: missingyou
On: March 11, 2013. 11:22 pm
It's so sad to see these lovely people be victims of a company's greed for money. Such a tragedy. Nishant was a promising medical student. As the previous commenter said Nishant was 1 in a Million. I won't say goodbye because you'll always be in my heart, and no one can steal the memories I have of you away from me. Rest in peace Nishant and the innocent girl
Commented By: jimmy
On: December 26, 2012. 10:20 am
apart from that poor girl the other was my friend nishant(canadian tourist) from India. We r deeply shocked and sorrowed to lose a gem like him. RIP nishant.
Commented By: notfair
On: December 22, 2012. 12:13 pm
Boycott Peru tourism. These tour guides have responsibilities to keep their customers safe when welcoming in international visitors. US would not dare risk lives like this, and if so, would face MURDER charges. May these deaths be on the consciences of these tour guides and Peru officials for the rest of their living lives. RIP Alycia
Commented By: Andy
On: December 21, 2012. 9:06 pm
I married into Alycias family. I've known her over ten years. She was the sweetest girl you could ever hope to meet. For those who are uninformed, she was wearing a life vest and helmet. She was by no means a thrill seeker. The only way she would have gotten into that boat is if she thought it was completely safe. For those who've never been whitewater rafting, you have no idea what you're in for until you get to the rapids. When you launch, you do it in calm water. In fact most of your trip is in calm water. You rely on the guides to make sure the boats in the right place and heading the right way when you head into the rapids. Those guides have to know what they're doing and have to know the river. These guides should have known the river well enough to know that it was unsafe that day. They should have stopped the trip before they even left. Alycias death and the death of the other young man are on their hands.
Commented By: Bean1980
On: December 21, 2012. 12:09 pm
RIP Alycia, you will be missed by many.
Commented By: Jrg
On: December 21, 2012. 12:17 pm
Nellisun u must of been one of the guides. It is the tour company responsible for keeping there rafters safe. Unfortunately you see all they look for is the mighty $. I have been signed up for many overseas adventures from rafting to zip lining. And I can tell you when we were in Belize they canceled the rafting trip because of the rains and high fast waters. We as tourist rely on the tour company to keep us safe and informed. To me it doesn't look like that happened especially when you read all 3 boats capsized and more unfortunate 2 people had to die in this tragic accident that shouldn't of happen. The families deserve answers. And reassurance that this just won't happen to another family. Google about this tour it's not the first 2 Austraian women lost there life's also I read a Harvard law student same thing happened and many more to many to quote. You can all google rafting accidents in cusco and see them all for yourself. Please if everyone who knows of someone doing this tour to forwarren them. Lets save there life since we couldn't on any of these other life's. we owe that to them to be responsible if the tour company can't. RIP to those who have all lost there life doing this adventure they were trying to scratch from there bucket list.
Commented By: RedBaron
On: December 20, 2012. 10:19 pm
Aqua Trek Peru,a slap on the wrist, tomorrow a new name, and then business as usual, license to kill. Welcome to Peru...
Commented By: nellisun
On: December 20, 2012. 4:19 pm
Yes, but you as a tourist need to take responsiblity for yourselves also. This is rainy season and the waters are stronger than usual now. This is not the time to go rafting... Then you must check the agencies credentials. Some tourist look for cheap tours and they pay the price..
Commented By: Bob
On: December 20, 2012. 12:47 pm
She was my family. Thanks, juju. She was wearing a helmet and life jacket.
Commented By: MunayTiki
On: December 20, 2012. 2:42 pm
It makes me sick the hear and read about this. When will owners of the adventure companies in Cusco start thinking about their responsibility. Not sending well trained quides for this level of water, safety, good equipment... You are playing with peoples life... Please let this stop
Commented By: Martin
On: December 19, 2012. 8:50 pm
Why is anyone surprised? You have non professionals acting/pretending that they are experienced professionals in many adventure tours in Peru.
Commented By: KDirish9
On: December 19, 2012. 10:30 pm
Her name was Alycia Berrier. She was my friend. Our hearts are broken because of what happened. She was so excited to go to Peru too... She'll make a beautiful angel...
Commented By: jimmyjames
On: December 19, 2012. 11:11 pm
Commented By: juju
On: December 20, 2012. 8:34 am
Alicia was someones daughter, sister, friend, and had her whole life ahead of her. Our hearts go out to all that knew her. Lifevests....not the answer in these waters. Please be respectful she had a family and friends that love her and will miss her FOREVER.
Commented By: Diana
On: December 20, 2012. 10:26 am
Please always keep in mind that the only person that can take the best decision of what is right for you...is YOU. These so called guides live of tourism, and if the river is strong, they don't make a living, therefore will always try to convince you are safe. I hope my advise may save a life one day....
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