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Denver man drowns in Colorado lake

The 40-year-old man was found after a search that took about an hour.
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ESTES PARK, Colo — A man was taken to the hospital after being pulled from the water at Lake Estes near Estes Park Saturday afternoon.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office said on Monday the man did not survive.

The Larimer County coroner identified the man as 40-year-old Ramiro Montano Sotelo. Sotelo lived in Denver, according to the coroner's office.

The coroner said Sotelo died from asphyxia by drowning.

A call came in at around 2:40 p.m. of a man and some kids in the water, according to a spokesperson for the Estes Valley Fire Protection District.

When rescuers arrived five minutes later, the kids were out of the water but the man, later identified as Sotelo, was still missing, the spokesperson said. 

After a search that lasted about an hour, the spokesperson said Sotelo was pulled from the water and taken to the Estes Health emergency room.

Sotelo was pronounced dead just before 4:45 p.m. Saturday.

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The water was 54 degrees at the time, and Sotelo was not wearing a personal flotation device, according to the spokesperson.

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