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Eric Balzer (LEFT, and standing) listens as his son Ryan,27, (RIGHT and in bed) discusses his ordeal surviving a kayak accident while rafting on the Poudre River. The father and son are in the son's hospital room. Eric, the father was with his wife in Italy at the time of the accident and had to make fast arrangements to get back home to his son. Ryan Balzer,27, was involved Saturday, May 15, 2005, in a Poudre River kayak accident. He was rafting a class three rapids and got stuck on a rock. Another adjacent kayaker jumped in and swam to his rescue but when he was brought out of the cold water he had no pulse and was not breathing. It is said he was underwater for 3-5 minutes. He is recovering and under care within the Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins, Colo., at this time. (Photo by STEVEN R NICKERSON / ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)** Eric and Ryan Balzer(reporter)**

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