DENVER (KDVR) — Crews were searching for a person who went missing in the Chatfield Reservoir Sunday afternoon.
A couple of hours into the search, SMFR said the command was shifting to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for continued recovery operations.
“He’d fallen off his board and was unable to get back to it,” Kris Wahlers, park manager at Chatfield State Park, said.
Officials said there were several other paddleboarders nearby on the water.
“A couple of passing by good Samaritans tried to help but they weren’t able to,” Wahlers said.
Throughout the afternoon, crews with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and South Metro Fire Rescue searched around the area where the man went under. The process helped officials eliminate areas where they had already searched or didn’t suspect the man to be.
“They’re doing what we call grid searches with sonar trying to find any possible hints of where he may be,” Wahlers said.
A drone was used to give rescue crews a bird’s eye view of the search area.
The wind didn’t help paddleboarders keep a steady ride Sunday, and officials said the man who went missing may have been pushed off his board because of it.
“When you’re standing up on a paddle board or even when you’re kneeling on it for a little more mobility, your body almost acts like a sail,” Wahlers said.
At 9:23 p.m., CPW said the victim’s body was recovered.
Officials are reminding folks to always mind their safety on the water.
“It doesn’t work unless you’re wearing it so we really encourage you to wear a life jacket,” Wahlers said.