Man Dies During Rafting Trip 

A whitewater rafting trip ended badly Sunday on the west branch of the Penobscot River, just north of Millinocket.

It happened at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Game Wardens say 53-year-old Walter Cruz of Seekonk, Massachusetts was a passenger in a commercial raft with a group from the New England Outdoor Center.

Cruz and four others were thrown from the raft while going through a rapid.

When Cruz was pulled back into the boat a short time later, he lost consciousness.

Wardens think Cruz may have experiened a medical problem.

He was transported to Millinocket Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The state medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy.

There’s no word yet on a cause of death.

Wardens say Cruz’s fifteen and seventeen-year-old sons were in the raft when their father died.