Dive team finds body in water near where man disappeared after witnesses said he jumped from 80-foot cliff
Credit: CPW News Release
PUEBLO, Colo. – Divers searching for a missing cliff-jumper/swimmer discovered the body of a man in Lake Pueblo on Sunday morning.
The remains were immediately turned over to Pueblo County Coroner for identification and determination of a cause of death.
A search and rescue operation was initiated at 7:30 p.m. Saturday by rangers at Lake Pueblo State Park after witnesses called 9-1-1 to report that a man seen jumping from an 80-foot cliff into Cottonwood Creek Cove never surfaced.
The man reportedly was in a group of several others who jumped from the cliff. They were part of a larger group who boated into the cove on the south shore of the lake.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff called in the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue dive team. They made multiple dives before it became too dark and unsafe to dive. CPW rangers continued to search the cove with side-scan sonar until 12:44 a.m. Sunday.
Search efforts resumed early Sunday and a body was recovered around 9 a.m. by divers on their first attempt. The body was found in water about 30 feet deep at the base of the cliff.
“We offer our condolences to the family of this person,” said Monique Mullis, manager of Lake Pueblo State Park. “And I appreciate the efforts of our rescue team and I thank the Pueblo County Sheriff’s volunteer divers for their hard work at the scene during this operation.”
This tragic death is a grim reminder why jumping, diving or swinging from cliffs, ledges or man-made structures is prohibited at Lake Pueblo from boat docks, marina infrastructure and the railroad trestle in Turkey Creek.