The body of missing paddleboarder who disappeared in the waters of a popular reservoir just south of Denver has been recovered.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and South Metro Fire Rescue responded to calls of two paddleboarders in distress on Sunday at Chatfield Reservoir due to the high winds. While one of the paddleboarders was able to make it to the shore, the other vanished beneath the choppy waters.
Our Marine Evidence Recovery Team is heading back on the water to continue recovery efforts for the missing person in Chatfield Reservoir. Wind conditions look favorable to allow the team to use their sonar equipment throughout the night. pic.twitter.com/GOdaqu1g7w— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) October 12, 2020
Crews who began searching the reservoir for the missing paddleboarder by sonar grid switched the rescue operation into recovery mode at about 5:30 PM. The victim's body was found about several hours later.
The body of 30-year-old Mireille Audet was positively identified by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, according to a report from Fox31 Denver.
Chatfield State Park is a popular outdoor recreation spot among hikers, boaters, paddleboarders, bikers, fishermen, and picnickers. The 1,423-acre reservoir is located just about 45 minutes south of Denver.
In another incident, a 50-year-old man was pulled from Soda Lakes and transported to a hospital after a sailboarding accident. His conditions is unknown.
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