Body pulled from water at Bear Creek Lake Park following hours-long recovery operation

West Metro firefighters and divers, as well as Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Marine Evidence...
West Metro firefighters and divers, as well as Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Marine Evidence Recovery Team and South Metro firefighters responded to Bear Creek Lake Park in suburban Denver on May 22, 2021 on reports of a missing person in the water. Rescue efforts later became recovery efforts. A body believed to be that of the victim was recovered from the water on May 23, 2021.(West Metro Fire)
Published: May. 23, 2021 at 9:41 AM MDT|Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 6:16 AM MDT
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MORRISON, Colo. (KKTV) - The search for a missing person ended tragically when a body was pulled from a Colorado lake overnight.

Divers with West Metro Fire were called to Bear Creek Lake Park Saturday afternoon on reports of a paddle boarder who had gone in the water and hadn’t come back up.

Two hours later, the mission changed from a rescue to a recovery.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Marine Evidence Recovery Team joined the effort, providing a vessel “furnished with two side-scan, down-scan sonar imaging units, an ROV that is an underwater vehicle they can send down with lights, a camera, sonar and a grappler, and a towable sonar that can scan hundreds of feet deep,” CPW said.

The recovery team located the victim’s body early Sunday morning.

While the deceased is undergoing an autopsy, the incident is expected to be confirmed as the fourth drowning in Colorado this year. The victim has not been publicly identified.

2020 was a record year for water fatalities in Colorado, with 34 drownings.

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