Per KKTV webpage:
PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A body was recovered from Lake Pueblo Tuesday morning following an hours-long search triggered by the discovery of an empty boat.
The boat was found drifting aimlessly in a cove Monday afternoon. Witnesses told rangers they had seen an older man piloting the boat just 20 minutes earlier.
Park rangers spent the night combing the water with sonar equipment and located the body at dawn.
Lake Pueblo State Park Manager Monique Mullis said with the sonar equipment, they can investigate areas quicker.
"In the past, we would need to bring in a diver to go and investigate. That equipment can actually use the GPS, go to that area and has a camera and really lights up the area very well," Mullis said.
Park officials said the Monday afternoon storms caused choppy water and stopped the search for about two hours. After it cleared out, four rangers and two boats were on the water searching until 5 a.m. Tuesday.
"We offer our condolences to the family of this person,” said Mullis in a statement later in the morning. “And I appreciate the efforts of our rangers who were determined to search until they made a rescue or recovery. Sadly, it ended in a recovery operation.”
Mullis said a coroner is in charge of determining the cause of death. The victim still has not been identified. This is the first death in Lake Pueblo in 2019.
Park officials recommend to always have a buddy when boating, or at least someone that knows where you are. They also say to check the weather before going out into the water and to always wear a life jacket.