By Agence France-Presse
Four American tourists were killed and a fifth Costa Rican tourist is missing after a river rafting accident in the Central American country on Saturday, the Red Cross said.
The alarm was raised Saturday afternoon following the accident in a swollen river on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, Alexander Morales of the Red Cross told AFP.
“Fourteen tourists and three guides on board three rafts, and a kayaker, were on the Naranjito river in Quepos, Puntarenas when the accident occurred,” Alexander Morales told AFP.
Another spokesman, Johnny Zamora, confirmed the American tourists had yet to be identified.
Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado expressed his “dismay” at the incident and said in a statement that he had instructed authorities to provide all necessary support to the victims’ families.
The statement added that Costa Rica’s foreign ministry has been in communication with the US consulate in the capital San Jose, some 55 kilometers (35 miles) from Quepos.
Rafting is hugely popular with tourists in Costa Rica, which is currently in its wet season, causing waterways to flood.