Reply by: Kim Ciara Posted: 6/4/2012 9:08:31 AM Points: 55
Posted: Sat 3:31 PM, Jun 02, 2012A A Reporter: KKTV 11 News Email Updated: Sun 6:00 AM, Jun 03, 2012Back to HomePage Drowning Victim's Body Found in Skaguay Reservoir
A three-day search for a canoer came to a tragic conclusion Saturday after a body was recovered in the Skaguay Reservoir.
Though the identity of the deceased has not been released, the man is believed to be the canoer, who has been missing since Thursday.
The Teller County Sheriff's Office says a caller reported losing sight of a man in the water after the canoe capsized Thursday morning. Witnesses reported seeing the man splash around frantically, screaming for help, and said it was a terrifying scene to see unfold.
One person raced into town to get help, while a second took his canoe out on the water in hopes of locating the victim. He found the victim's wallet and hat, but no trace of the victim.
Divers combed the murky water for two full days before finally locating the body in the afternoon of the third day. Visibility in the water is reportedly on 2 feet.
If verified that the body is that of the missing canoer, it would be the second death in as many months that a canoer drowned after the canoe capsized at this reservoir. A 17-year-old drowned in April.
Search crews from the Teller County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Colorado Springs Fire Department Dive Team and the Colorado State Parks Sonar Team, have been working to find the victim.
The man's body was found at about 1:40 p.m. Saturday.
Reply by: Browns Hunter Posted: 6/4/2012 9:51:14 AM Points: 2110
Please, I don't want more regulations! How about more common sense? Skaguay is a high altitude reservoir, meaning, its going to be cold a lot of the year. Cold water + humans = hypothermia, leading to bad things. This last guy was apparently fishing from shore and wading, then he got into his canoe while still wearing his waders. Canoes aren't the most stable to begin with, and I'm sure the guy's waders were also contributing. People don't survive when they get into cold water like this! Where was his PFD? That might have given him a chance to hold onto the canoe or live long enough for some of the bystanders to rescue him. Think of the last three deaths on ElevenMile. One guy had his boat drift off, so he swam out, no more than 30 yards to the boat. And, he didn't make it. Remember that couple last year? Heavy winds swamped their boat and they couldn't handle it. No PFDs for any of those people. Its not Skaguay and its not the canoe. Its the cold water. Be cautious, no matter where you're fishing! And, wear your PFDs!!!
Reply by: Frozen Fish Posted: 6/4/2012 10:58:34 AM Points: 365
When I read this story, I felt sick to my stomach. First of all my prayers are out to the family and friends of the lost angler.
I went out yesterday in my belly boat after going and buying some new Musky lures. I was so excited to get out and I only had a few hours. Normally my wife comes with me to get out and away (the paranoid one), but she had stayed behind. After my feelings were hurt because I did not even get a bite, nor a different species landed I returned to the car.
When I opened up the trunk, staring back at me was my PFD. I NEVER go without it. I must have been so eager to get my line out, I walked away without it. dam that could have been me!
Please wear your PFD no matter the conditions. I am now going to spend the $60 on a PFD\fishing vest. Can't leave my lures behind, so I won't leave my PFD behind!
So sorry for your loss. Let's all make sure we return safely to our loved ones in honor of our fallen angler, wear your PFD the fish will be there tomorrow.
Condolences to his family, RIP to a fellow boater and angler. Scary... I always feel a bit vulnerable out on the pontoon when storms and waves kick up. And you kind of need the waders to stay warm and dry on the 'toon. I capsized on a cold windy day at gross last year on a sit-on -top kayak... Very lucky to be right next to a rock ledge, wearing dry pants, and had lots of warm clothes in a dry bag. I made it out soggy and cold, but only because I had all the precautions covered. My PFD is also a fishing vest, love it. (cabelas FishStalker)
I lost my boat a couple weeks ago in Spinney, I feel like there should be more done to show the seriousness of the conditions on some of these high mountain lakes. It gets nasty really fast. The water temps will kill you if you flip or capsize out towards the middle and no one sees you go down, even if they do its still might not end well. PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND WATCH THE WEATHER! Its not worth the risk.
Travis, Having guys like you talk about what happened out there is the best thing for the membership. Tell me about your boat. Were you able to recover it? Got any pictures showing it on the rocks or the damage to it? You told us all how lucky you were this time, that's very important to all of us.
By the way, for those that are new around here, I think the last fatality on Spinney came about in similar circumstances to Travis'. This was 8 or 10 years ago, I think. The lake wasn't that bad, then it suddenly went to heck. And, this guy had two PFDs, but there were three people in the boat. He gave his two guests his PFDs and took his chances. Brave guy.