Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials recovered the body of a female that went missing after a jet ski crash at Jackson Lake State Park on Thursday, July 4th, 2019.
According to a press release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the woman was one of four riders who were on the jet ski when it tipped over on the lake.
The search began around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, just after park officials were notified of the accident involving the four jet-ski riders.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials and emergency services personnel located three of the jet riders, and continued searching for the other missing rider until midnight that evening. The search for the missing woman resumed the next day at 5:00 a.m. until midnight, Friday, July 5, 2019. Search efforts included using sonar, dive teams, and underwater ROV equipment.
The body was found underwater early Saturday morning, July 6, 2019, at approximately 150-200 yards off the boat ramp. Only two of the riders were reportedly wearing personal flotation devices at the time of the accident.
The identity of the woman is yet to be released. The official cause of death is pending an official announcement from the Morgan County Coroner’s Office.
The Williams Fire Department, Platte Valley Fire Department (and its dive team), the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, and Morgan County ambulance service all assisted in the rescue and recovery operations.
There have been several water-related deaths and incidents already this year in Colorado. Officials are reminding everyone to wear a properly fitted life jacket when on, in, or near the waters in Colorado. This includes paddleboarding, swimming, jet skiing, fishing, boating, and any other water-related activities. Learn more about water safety tips from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
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