Images of the rescue search efforts in Costa Rica where four American tourists died

Four American tourists and their tour guide died in a weekend accident in Costa Rica.

According to the Judicial Investigation Agency, three rafts overturned on Saturday in the Naranjo river around 3 pm and the five victims were taken downstream.

Other passengers managed to cling to the rafts and some were rescued by another guide in a kayak.

The group of Americans in Miami were all alumni of Christopher Columbus High School and in Costa Rica to celebrate the bachelor party of a friend.

Images of the rescue search efforts in Costa Rica where four American tourists died

Images of the rescue search efforts in Costa Rica where four American tourists died

Three rafts dumped in the Naranjo River in Costa Rica on Saturday, in the photo is the ambulance that responds to the scene

Three rafts dumped in the Naranjo River in Costa Rica on Saturday, in the photo is the ambulance that responds to the scene

Three rafts dumped in the Naranjo River in Costa Rica on Saturday, in the photo is the ambulance that responds to the scene

In total there were 14 tourists on board the rafts and five guides when three rafts were overturned

In total there were 14 tourists on board the rafts and five guides when three rafts were overturned

In total there were 14 tourists on board the rafts and five guides when three rafts were overturned

Costa Rican officials identified those who died as Ernesto Sierra, Jorge Caso, Sergio Lorenzo and Andrés Dennis.

The local guide who died was identified as Kevin Thompson Reid (pictured)

The local guide who died was identified as Kevin Thompson Reid (pictured)

The local guide who died was identified as Kevin Thompson Reid (pictured)

The local guide was identified as Kevin Thompson Reid.

In total there were 14 tourists on board the rafts and five guides.

The Americans had arrived in Costa Rica on October 18 and had been renting a house in Playa Hermosa de Jaco, according to the government.

The authorities said that the river was swollen by the rains.

The National Emergency Commission maintained an alert in the area due to the possibility of flooding.

The Naranjo River is one of the most popular rivers for rafting and water sports in Costa Rica.

"Fourteen tourists and three guides aboard three rafts, and a kayaker, were in the Naranjito river in Quepos, Puntarenas, when the accident occurred," Alexander Morales, of the Red Cross, told AFP.

The Red Cross said on Facebook that the rafts were dumped near Quepos's Liverpool.

The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, expressed his dismay at the accident on Twitter.

He called on the authorities to provide all possible support to the families of the victims.

The authorities said that the Naranjo River was swollen by the rains, in the photo

The authorities said that the Naranjo River was swollen by the rains, in the photo

The authorities said that the Naranjo River was swollen by the rains, in the photo

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