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Fire Department: Tuber who was rescued from French Broad River in North Carolina dies

Asheville fire crews respond to the scene of a swift water rescue along the French Broad River in Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) - Officials with Asheville Fire Department said a man rescued from the French Broad River on Tuesday afternoon has died.

Lawrence Ham, 63, of Sumter, South Carolina, was transported to Mission Hospital but was not able to be revived, fire officials said in the news release.

The incident happened about 4 p.m. near the Salvage Station on Riverside Drive.

A tweet on Asheville Fire Department's Twitter account said the rescue involved a person who fell out of a tube and into the water.

When AFD companies arrived on the scene, they found bystanders administering CPR to the patient in the middle of the river.

"AFD immediately deployed a raft to access the patient, to bring him to shore and to continue patient care," a news release from Asheville Fire Department said.

Fire officials said the man was on the water with his family and a large group of other tubers.

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