CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Emergency crews pulled a man’s body out of the Arkansas River after he was seen floating downriver on Saturday. Multiple people tried getting to him before high water swept him downstream.
Officials say a boater tried getting to the body near the Wilderness Aware Center.READ MORE: Ryan Yarwood Arrested After Eluding Police In Stolen Vehicle
Crews and a boater finally pulled the man out of the water at the River Runners Center. Michael James, 40, was pronounced dead just before 6 p.m.READ MORE: Concessionaires Looking To Fill Thousands Of Open Positions At Denver International Airport
The man from Boulder was paddleboarding before he fell.
Details about whether James was wearing protective gear were not released.MORE NEWS: What Is Sweetwater Lake, A 'Hidden Gem' That's Soon-To-Be Colorado's 43rd State Park?