3 dead in river accidents in 2 days

PUEBLO, Colo. - One person died on the Roaring Fork River and two people died on the Arkansas River between Sunday and Monday.

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 (http://bit.ly/1kLSpfv ) 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.

Meanwhile, two bodies have been recovered from the Arkansas River in the last few days.

The body of a 42-year-old Canon City man who disappeared in the river on Monday was recovered Tuesday, according to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office reports.

It was reported that  Shane Bollig, 42, had been fishing with a friend when he waded into the river to rescue his dog and was washed away.

It happened about just east of Florence, the Sheriff's Office said.  The dog survived.

Authorities are continuing their investigation after a man's body was pulled from the Arkansas River west of Pueblo.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said a pair of boaters spotted the body Sunday evening, and crews searched until sunset.

The body was recovered in the river west of the Pueblo Reservoir at about noon Monday.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported it appeared to have been in the water for some time, making it difficult to identify the man.

Foul play is not suspected.

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