Kayaker who died in Blue River is William Keen of Dillon | SummitDaily.com

Kayaker who died in Blue River is William Keen of Dillon

Caddie Nath
Summit Daily News

It is still unclear how a kayaker from Dillon died Thursday afternoon, when his body was found in the Blue River north of Silverthorne near the Columbine take out, according to a statement from the Summit County Coroner’s Office.

William Keen, 50, of Dillon was wearing a helmet and life vest, rafters who saw him just before his death reported. Coroner Joanne Richardson said she suspects Keen drowned, but cannot rule out a medical event as the cause of death.

Keen, who was known in the local rafting community, was seen kayaking just moments before rafters found him face down in the river. They pulled him out and began CPR while awaiting emergency responders.

Because no one saw what happened, the coroner is ordering an autopsy, which will not be conducted until Monday, according to the release.

Keen is survived by his wife and four children.

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