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Manhattan Beach Man Drowns in Colorado River Rafting Trip

The Pitkin County Coroner's office has identified the deceased as James Paul Sizemore, 44.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
An ABC affiliate in Colorado is reporting that a Manhattan Beach man has drowned after falling from a raft on the Colorado River.

The Pitkin County Coroner's office has identified the deceased as James Paul Sizemore, 44, who was rafting along the Roaring Fork River when he and another man fell into the water Monday. The second man was able to return to the raft.

First responders applied CPR to Sizemore to no avail, reports the Aspen Daily News. An existing heart condition may have contributed to the death.

Sizemore was on a commercial rafting trip with Blazing Adventures, the Daily News reported. 




Don Hall June 18, 2014 at 04:46 PM
I've known Paul Sizemore for almost 20 years. He did not have a heart condition. He was in excellent physical shape. It disturbs me that they claim this. It smells like a cover up. This commercial rafting operation should be investigated. They are reporting that he was only in the water for about 5 minutes. How does someone drown in such a short period. I cannot accept this.
Penny Arévalo June 18, 2014 at 04:50 PM
I am so sorry for your loss.

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