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Lake: Pueblo Reservoir

Body pulled from Pueblo Reservoir

Post By: dizzel      Posted: 6/19/2019 10:29:52 AM     Points: 23158    
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.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jun. 19, 10:33:22 AM     Points: 53105    
saw that last night on the news. He was fishing alone
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jun. 19, 11:30:27 AM     Points: 9665    
Very sad, Pueblo Chieftain reports his name was David Bothel, 73 years old from Colorado Springs. Coroner still working cause of death.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Jun. 19, 11:59:08 AM     Points: 2290    
Deepest sympathies and condolences to the family. Sad no matter what the cause.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Jun. 19, 12:07:38 PM     Points: 7163    
 Reply by: El Jefe      Posted: Jun. 19, 2:07:20 PM     Points: 265    
Very sad that he passed on.
Also very sad that he was alone.
However, he went doing what he loved.
Not many in this world can say that.