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CSU-Pueblo assistant wrestling coach dies in rafting accident

Arkansas River in Canon City
Posted at 12:02 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 15:52:46-04

FREMONT COUNTY — A Pueblo West man died after being ejected from a raft Friday evening while on a trip with friends, according to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office.

The Fremont County Coroner's Office said 53-year-old Michael Roumph drowned after falling out of the private raft. CSU-Pueblo confirmed with News5 that Roumph was the assistant wrestling coach at the school for the last 12 years.

The sheriff's office said he fell into the water after the raft hit "a river hydraulic known as a hole." Deputies said this happened on the Arkansas River at Narrows Rapid in the Royal Gorge — categorized as a Class 4-5 rapid.

Authorities said he was wearing a personal floatation device, or PFD, and a helmet. He was found downstream where CPR began and he was later taken to the hospital. Deputies said efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.