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Rafter who died after falling into river near Aspen is ID'd

Posted at 8:09 AM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 08:20:44-04
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A rafter who died after he fell into the Roaring Fork River near Aspen has been identified as a 58-year-old Maryland man.
 
Jim Ingram, who owns Aspen Whitewater Rafting, says James Abromitis fell into the rapids near Slaughterhouse Falls on Wednesday morning. Abromitis' hometown was not released.
 
Alex Burchetta, a spokesman for the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, says the man fell out of the boat, was pulled back in, but again fell back into the river.
 
Abromitis was eventually recovered, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
 
The Aspen Daily News reports  the area is popular because of the class-IV Slaughterhouse Falls and class III rapids that continue downriver from there. Abromitis was with five other rafters and a commercial guide when he fell into the rapids.
 

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