- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

BASALT, Colo. (AP) - Authorities are warning of high water levels after a man died when he fell from an inflatable kayak on the Fryingpan River in Basalt.

The Aspen Times reports (https://bit.ly/1daz8rr ) that witnesses saw the victim’s unoccupied kayak float past a riverside restaurant in Basalt Sunday, followed shortly afterward by the victim.

Basalt Fire Department division chief Richard Cornelius says the victim, of Grand Junction, had been separated from a friend after entering the river in the Seven Castles area of the Fryingpan Valley.

Cornelius says the Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue squad was notified while on the way to the scene that the victim had been pulled from the water and continued resuscitation efforts upon arrival, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, https://www.aspentimes.com/

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