Denver man dies after falling from raft in Aspen

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Updated: 6/17/2014 11:03 pm

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a 44-year-old Denver man died after falling from a raft on the Roaring Fork River in Aspen.

The Aspen Daily News reports the man, whose name has not been released, was one of two people to fall out of the commercial raft Monday afternoon. He was in the water for about five minutes before he was pulled back into the boat. He then said he couldn't breathe and collapsed unconscious.

Pitkin County Coroner Steve Ayers says "it's not a straightforward drowning," adding that in such cases, rapid body cooling can significantly reduce heart rate and cause arrhythmia. He says it's unclear how the man fell into the water.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says the other man who fell into the water got back to the raft and is doing OK.

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