The Eagle Police Department issued the following press release on the death of a man in the Eagle River on Sunday:
Eagle, Colo. – On June 6, 2021, just before 6:30 p.m., first responders from Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Eagle Police Department, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Eagle County Paramedic Services quickly responded to reports of an unconscious man in the river wearing a life jacket.
The man was discovered in the river by two other men on paddleboards. The two men lifted the victim out of the water, began CPR, and called 911. After receiving the first call for help, emergency responders quickly arrived at the scene with resources to assist. recovery efforts. The male victim was picked up from the river by first responders who continued to administer CPR. The man was then taken by ambulance to a local hospital as he continued not to respond. The victim, a man in his 50s, was pronounced dead by medical professionals upon arrival at the hospital.
The incident is currently under investigation and the Eagle County Coroner’s Office will release the victim’s name, cause and manner of death after notifying the next of kin.
The Eagle Police Department would like to urgently remind the community and our river enthusiasts to stay safe while playing in and near the river. Spring and summer bring warmer temperatures, snowmelt, runoff and flooding to all of our mountain streams and rivers. The dangers of high runoff can be fatal, as debris and river conditions change daily. It is important to be prepared, alert, and familiar with the proper safety equipment and how to rescue yourself and others while playing in high water areas.
In addition to flooding problems, boaters can often be separated from their boat and dragged downstream. While rescue efforts are focused on the life of a boater, often an unoccupied boat that continues to float downstream can create fear for the community and first responders.
If a boater’s life is in danger, please call 911 immediately and do not put the lives of others at risk for the rescue when first responders are trained and equipped for these incidents. If an unoccupied boat or kayak is blown downstream and is not retrieved immediately, please call the Vail Public Safety Communication Center on non-urgent number (970) 479-2201. Simply post a boat description, name and phone number so that a boat can be easily identified and returned to its owner if picked up.