Two bodies were recovered Friday from Lake Pueblo State Park after two swimmers were reported missing.
About 1:15 p.m. officials received a call about a man who went missing while swimming in the lake near the Sailboard Road parking lot, just west of the dam, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release.
Rangers in a rescue boat arrived in the area and were flagged by a group of park guests who said that another man, swimming not far from the first man, also had gone missing.
A second Parks and Wildlife boat was deployed, and Pueblo County sheriff’s deputies and state troopers joined the search effort.
Both boats used sonar devices as officers cleared the nearby shore of about 400 people.
At 4:15 p.m., one of the boats located an object in about 6 feet of water, and the dive team recovered a body. As the first recovery was in progress the second body was found.
“We offer our condolences to the families and friends of these men,” said Monique Mullis, Lake Pueblo State Park manager, in the release. “We hate seeing lives lost so tragically.
“This is another sad example of why swimming is not permitted anywhere in Lake Pueblo. Swimming is only permitted in Rock Canyon Swim Beach below the dam. This incident also points to the importance of wearing life jackets when you are in the water.”
The Pueblo County coroner’s office will identify the victims.
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