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Harvie Passage victim identified; tried to save fellow rafter

We’re learning more about the victim of a tragic rafting incident on the Bow River over the Canada Day long weekend.

Brad Kuhl was killed on Monday, after being thrown from a raft near the Harvie Passage.

The raft, carrying four people at the time, flipped shortly after 4 p.m.

Three people made it to shore, but Brad was pulled from the water near the fish hatchery and taken to hospital in critical, potentially life-threatening condition.

He later died of his injuries.

Brad’s nephew Nick Kuhl tells Global News the victim lost his life trying to save another of his fellow rafters.

A statement released by the family on Wednesday says “the three survivors have told police and family members that Brad had a chance to get to shore during a stretch of calm water, but since he could only see two of them he went back to find the third, who was later found ashore 300 yards away.

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He was a selfless and deeply caring man and that was shown in his final moments.

He was known as an experienced boater and outdoorsman, so we are trying to come to terms with what happened.”

Police had stopped Brad and his fellow rafters prior to the tragic accident.

Despite officers warning the group of the dangers of the waterway, they proceeded on their journey.