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1 dead, 1 hurt after incident at Chatfield Reservoir

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident as an accidental drowning.
Credit: South Metro Fire Rescue

LITTLETON, Colo. — One man has died and another was taken to the hospital after an incident at Chatfield Reservoir Saturday afternoon.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) said a call came in just before 3:30 p.m. of two swimmers who had fallen off an innertube. CPW rangers pulled one of them from the water, and he was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Two dive teams from South Metro responded, as well as CPW's Marine Evidence Recovery Team, to look for the second person. The man was found underwater at around 4:30 p.m. by South Metro divers and taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

CPW said the two men, both 28 years old, had drifted away from the innertube in the strong winds. The boat accompanying them tried to go after them, but its engine wouldn't start. 

Neither of them was wearing a flotation device.

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“Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of those involved from all of us at CPW,” said Chatfield State Park Operations Manager Ben Vinci. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating the incident as an accidental drowning.

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