Swimmer who died at Lake Pueblo State Park ID'd

Published: Jul. 15, 2019 at 5:11 PM MDT
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Divers recovered the body of a swimmer near Lake Pueblo's North Shore Marina late Monday afternoon.

Park rangers had been alerted around 3:30 that a swimmer may have drowned.

"There was a male party that had been swimming and went under the water and did not reappear," said Monique Mullis with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "Park rangers, of course, and our boat patrol who was already on the water went to that area immediately."

Divers were called to the scene soon after, and about an hour after a possible body was detected on sonar, pulled the man out.

The man was swimming in an area where swimming is not allowed, Mullis said.

"There is no swimming, technically, on the reservoir at all. ... The only place you can legally swim is at the swim beach, which is below the dam at Rock Canyon Swim Beach."

Mullis said that the North Picnic Road area near where the swimmer was found has had a few drownings in recent years.

"There have been three or four drownings, I think, in the last three years. There's no correlation, there's nothing to read into that, but the coincidence is in the area."

The Pueblo County coroner is now working to determine a cause of death. They identified the swimmer Tuesday as 38-year-old Pueblo West resident Federico Guzman.

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