Missing paddle boarder recovered from Chatfield Reservoir

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed the body of a missing paddle boarder has been discovered in the Chatfield Reservoir on Sunday evening.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the paddle boarder as 30-year-old Mireille Audet. The cause of death was ruled as a drowning.

South Metro Fire Rescue responded to a rescue call after two paddle boarders were in distress on Sunday at Chatfield Reservoir, authorities say.

According to officials, two paddle boarders were stranded on the water. One was pushed to shore by the wind. Witnesses say the other went under water and did resurface.

After hours of searching, SMFR has shifted the search from a rescue to a recovery. Colorado Parks and Wildlife ranger boats were on the water with the SMFR dive boat conducting a sonar grid search around the area the person was last seen.

CPW will continue the sonar grid search overnight. SMFR dive will return on Monday to continue a water search.

Wind may have played a factor in the water rescue. Strong gusts swept across the Front Range causing several problems including accidents, power outages and tree damage.

Unfortunately, there have been several other incidents at Chatfield Reservoir this summer. An 18-year-old drowned after encountering a significant drop off in the water. Another man drowned after falling off an inner tube in June.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified the paddle boarder who died Sunday as 30-year-old Mireille Audet.

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