Body recovered from Clear Creek Reservoir where canoe capsized with two teens
Divers recovered a body from the water at Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area on Monday following a two-day search for a teenager who went missing from a capsized canoe.
The body, recovered by divers from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, will be identified by the Chaffee County Coroner’s office.
At about 5 p.m. Saturday, officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife began search-and-rescue efforts at the 407-acre lake, about 15 miles north of Buena Vista, after a report of two boys being tossed in the water when their canoe flipped, according to a CPW news release. The pair had been duck hunting.
The father of one boy, who arrived on scene at about the same time as CPS officers, swam out to the canoe and “was able to grab one of the boys,” the release said. As he struggled in 33-degree water and 20 mph winds, CPW officers Kevin Madler and Zach Baker “entered the water to save both the man and boy.”
First responders were unable to find the other boy. A search with jet skis and a rescue boat ensued, including the use of sonar, until about 4 a.m. Sunday, CPW said. An underwater drone with sonar lights and a video camera was brought in on Sunday morning and efforts continue until dusk Sunday.
At about 12:30 p.m. on Monday, a body was discovered in water about 25 feet deep and 270 yards from shore.
“We offer our condolences to the family of this young man,” said Jim Aragon, a CPW area wildlife manager, in the release. “We hate seeing a life lost so tragically. This was a terrible accident.”
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