Aspen man dies while rafting raging Eagle River |

Aspen man dies while rafting raging Eagle River

VAIL, Colo. (AP) – A man who died while rafting the Eagle River near Vail has been identified.

Authorities say 48-year-old William Spang died Saturday after being thrown from a raft on the river, which has been running high because of snowmelt and rainy weather. The raft flipped in a hole at the bottom of a rapid near Dowd Junction.

Two friends he was rafting with made it to shore and called 911.

Bystanders tried to revive Spang using CPR before rescuers arrived.

The co-owner of Vail’s Timberline Tours rafting company, Lisa Reder, says the river levels are the highest in 10 years. She didn’t run any rafting trips over the weekend because of the high levels.

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