Sailor dies in Colorado after storm cell hits lake, capsizing boats and causing collisions

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the body of the 68-year-old boater was recovered Sunday from Dillon Reservoir. Photo Credit Summit County Sheriff’s Office

The body of a missing sailor was recovered from 180 feet beneath the surface of Dillon Reservoir on Sunday morning.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, a 68-year-old male went missing Saturday afternoon after losing control of his sailboat and falling overboard while on Dillon Reservoir, also known as Lake Dillon.

The sailor had just finished racing in the Dillon Yacht Club’s Peak One Regatta. As competing boats were attempting to return to the marina, multiple boats capsized from a storm cell moving in from the southwest, producing winds in excess of 40 mph and 4-foot waves. The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m on Saturday.

The deceased man was not wearing a life vest, according to the official press release. The missing sailor’s boat collided with a race committee boat that was moored to a buoy. As the captain fell overboard, boats in the area immediately began searching for him.

Multiple agencies also responded and began searching for the missing sailor in waters. Unfortunately, storms and high winds ended the search for the missing boater at 11:00 p.m on Saturday. The land and water search switched to recovery at about 6:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The body of the missing sailor was located underwater at about 3:30 p.m on Sunday and recovered less than two hours later.

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Several parties assisted in the search including Summit County Water Rescue Team, Colorado State Parks Marine Evidence Recovery Team, Dillon Police Department, Dillon and Frisco Marinas, Dillon Yacht Club boats, Fishing Guides, Summit Water Taxi and Flight for Life. Two water search dogs, underwater sonar, and VideoRay Underwater Remote Operated Vehicles were also deployed by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The boating victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The official manner and cause of death are pending further investigation from the Summit County Coroner.

No additional information was immediately available. The incident remains under investigation.

Dillon Reservoir is located in Summit County just south of I-70. It is bordered by the mountain towns of Frisco, Silverthorne, and Dillon. Here’s a look at where it’s located on the map.

Editor’s Note: Tragedy has struck multiple times on the water this year with a number of reported deaths and drownings taking place across the state. Always check the weather conditions and wear a life jacket before going on the water. For more safety tips on the water, click here


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