Thanks for adding your thoughts to this sad tale Doug.
The following was posted on the "River Rescues" thread... thought it might be helpful to add it here as it seems to finish the story.
I received this email from friends who were there.
Although I had a great time on the trip, the post Yampa kayaking
> on the Eagle river near Vail had a tragedy of a rafter who was on the
> same section while we were boating. On Sat. the 27th, a raft with
> two men on it flipped while running the Edwards mile (continuous
> class III-IV) on the Eagle. Although we did not know them, their
> boat was between our lead raft/kayaker and Kim Boberschmidt and
> myself kayaking in the rear.
> Doug Blockcolsky (kayaking), Tim Perez, Chuck Boberschmidt, &
> Shellie Miller (all in lead raft) managed to get the one swimmer to
> shore after about a mile in continuous class III-IV water. The
> swimmer held on to Doug throughout the entire rapid, then lost
> consciousness. Despite heroic efforts by Doug, Chuck and Tim in the
> rescue and Tim and Chuck performing CPR, they were unable to revive
> the individual. After approximately 30 minutes, emergency personnel
> arrived and took over, but were also unable to revive him. He was
> pronounced dead at the scene. While scouting the rapid Kim and I
> found the other rafter, who had been rowing the flipped boat. We
> convinced him that his best chance at helping his buddy was for him
> to make sure rescue personnel knew that he himself was okay. I find
> this hard to write about, but feel the need to let you all know.
> Although it was high water (~2800 cfs) and serious rapids, these were
> local rafters with much experience on this river.
> I hope everyone had safe and fun trip home,