Maryland man dies during commercial rafting trip on Roaring Fork River near Aspen

Posted at 3:13 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 22:53:45-04

A man died during a commercial rafting trip on the Roaring Fork River Wednesday, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office.

The Pitkin County Coroner’s Office later identified the man as James Abromitis, 58, from Maryland.

Abromitis was on a trip with five other rafters and a guide with Aspen Whitewater Rafting, the sheriff's office said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

Someone called 911 at about 11:08 a.m. and reported rafters "in distress" downstream from Stein Park, right outside the City of Aspen, the sheriff's office stated.

At the same time, a ranger with Pitkin County Open Space reported seeing an overturned raft, with two people in the river and someone performing CPR on another person on the bank, officials stated.

When emergency responders arrived, they took over performing CPR, but couldn't save the man, according to the statement.

The sheriff's office is still investigating the events leading up to the man's death.

"The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office wishes to remind the public that all rivers in Pitkin County have very high water due to snowmelt and runoff," officials stated. "Please use extreme caution while in and around rivers and lakes during these times of high water."