Body of a paddle boarder recovered from Chatfield Reservoir after heavy winds

The body of a paddle boarder, a 30-year-old woman, was recovered Sunday in Chatfield Reservoir.

South Metro Fire Rescue and Colorado Parks and Wildlife rangers responded Sunday afternoon to Chatfield State Park on a report of a paddle boarder in distress, according SMFR.

CPW’s Marine Evidence Recovery Team used sonar equipment and found the body of the paddle boarder, park officials announced at 7:16 p.m. Sunday.

Winds at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the time of the accident, were sustained at about 25 mph and gusting to 45 mph, said Jason Clay, a parks spokesman.

The woman was paddle boarding with a friend when they were both blown off of their craft and into the cold, choppy water, Clay said.

One woman, who survived, had drifted back toward the shoreline and was pulled to safety by a park ranger, Clay said. The other woman dropped below the water surface.

Rescue teams also responded Sunday afternoon to two boats capsizing. Two victims from the two boats were treated for hyperthermia, Clay said.

At about the time of the accidents the temperature at the lake had quickly dropped to 54 degrees and the water temperature was about 60 degrees.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death and will release the name of the victim.


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