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Three days of searching for missing boater results in discovery of body in 109-feet of water in Lake Pueblo
5/2/2018
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CPW News Release
May 2, 2018

Divers recover body from Lake Pueblo State Park

PUEBLO, Colo. – Divers searching for a missing boater discovered a body in Lake Pueblo on Wednesday afternoon.

The remains were immediately turned over to Pueblo County Coroner for identification and determination of a cause of death.

Evidence found on the shore indicated the boater was a 70-year-old Pueblo West resident.

The search was initiated shortly after noon Monday by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Rangers after witnesses reported seeing a man in the water calling for help near North Picnic area, east of the North Shore Marina in the park.

Witnesses reported seeing a small aluminum boat, hearing a loud noise, then seeing the boat disappear and a man in the water several yards off shore. The witnesses, who were fishing on the shore, called 911 for help, triggering an immediate search by CPW rangers using sonar.

CPW staff was joined by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office dive team, AMR and Flight for Life. The search went on until winds forced them out of the water Monday evening.

On Tuesday, CPW brought a high-powered sonar unit from its boat safety program in Littleton to search the waters, which are more than 100 feet deep in that area. It produces a high-resolution image as it is towed through the water. Also, a dive team from the Colorado Springs Fire Department joined the search.

But the search was hampered by the extreme depth of the lake. CPW rangers in two boats resumed the search early Wednesday and divers were called back to the lake in early afternoon. They recovered the body in water 109-feet deep. What they believe to be a boat was spotted by sonar on the lake bottom nearby.

“We offer our condolences to the family of this person,” said Monique Mullis, manager of Lake Pueblo State Park. “And I appreciate the work of our rescue team, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s volunteer divers and the Colorado Springs Fire Department dive team who spent hours at the scene during this operation.”