The approximate location of the accident. Map Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The approximate location of the accident. Map Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a search started late on Saturday for a missing teen at the Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area in Chaffee County. The Buena Vista high school student went missing when a canoe he was in capsized while he was duck hunting with a friend at about 5 PM.

Witnesses that saw the accident told authorities that the canoe flipped during a period of strong winds, putting both inside into the water. The father of one of the boys was on shore and swam out to the scene of the accident. He was able to rescue one of the teens in the water, though whether or not it was his own son was not released. The other boy was not located as darkness fell.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife search team has used an underwater drone equipped with sonar, lights, and a video camera during the search. As of last report, the missing boy had not been found. The water where the accident occurred is estimated at 30 to 50 feet deep.

The Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area is located north of Buena Vista.

This is a developing story.

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