Man’s body found in Cherry Creek Reservoir a week after boating accident – CBS Denver

CHERRY CREEK STATE PARK, Colorado (CBS4) – Search and rescue personnel pulled the body of a 29-year-old man from the Cherry Creek Reservoir on Saturday, a week after the man slipped from an inner tube pulled by a boat and failed resurfaced.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a Twitter post that its marine evidence recovery team located and recovered the man’s body with the assistance of South Metro Fire Rescue personnel and equipment.

(Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife/Twitter)

The agency said it suspects the man drowned, but the official cause of death will be determined by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

That same office will also release the man’s identity after his family members are notified of the recovery.

Search teams expand search for missing man in Cherry Creek Reservoir

The reservoir reopened to boating Friday morning. It had been closed since Sunday.

(Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife/Twitter)

The authorities were alerted to the disappearance of the man around 7 p.m. last Saturday.

Initial search efforts focused in water depths of 15 feet approximately 300 meters from the marina at the western end of the reservoir. Aerial and underwater drones were used.

A member of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office launches a drone in an effort to search for a missing man May 7 at Cherry Creek Reservoir. (credit: CBS)

What started as a search was changed to a recovery operation when the man was not found within the first 90 minutes of the search. He was apparently not wearing a life jacket.

“In a situation like this, our number one priority is getting the victim back to their family,” said CPW Marine Evidence Recovery Team Leader Jim Hawkins. “It is the families who hold us together during these recovery operations. This is a very technical job that requires skill and experience. Not all recoveries are the same and these searches are dynamic, but a well-coordinated team effort between all agencies led to the recovery.

Additional help during the week-long effort came from the Summit County and Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Offices, CPW Park Rangers, American Red Cross, search and rescue dogs from United States and two fishing guides from Tightline Outdoors who volunteered to help with the search by running their own sonar units.

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