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Husband and wife found dead after boat carrying 13 capsizes at Lake Pueblo

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said rangers were able to rescue 8 juveniles and 3 adults after the boat capsized Sunday night.

PUEBLO, Colo. — The bodies of a married couple were recovered from Lake Pueblo after a boat carrying 13 capsized at Lake Pueblo State Park Sunday night.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) said rangers responded around 7:37 p.m. Sunday to the North Picnic Area in the park after witnesses reported seeing a small boat carrying eight juveniles and five adults capsize in high winds.

All 13 were in the 60-degree water when rangers arrived on a patrol boat and were able to rescue eight juveniles and three adults, according to CPW.

The 11 survivors were taken to the hospital for treatment of hypothermia and other injuries, including one juvenile who was flown to the hospital, according to CPW.

Rangers also recovered the remains of one adult. She has been identified as Jessica Prindle, 38, of Pueblo West.

Crews launched an immediate search for the missing man, CPW said.

CPW's Marine Evidence Recovery Team brought in sonar to search for the man, but noted difficult search conditions because the boat capsized in 80 to 90 feet of water.

Search efforts were suspended until around 10 p.m. Monday night due to high winds. Crews then searched overnight and around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday located the second body in 107 feet of water. 

The man was identified as Joshua Prindle, 30, of Pueblo West. The Pueblo County Coroner's Office confirmed that the victims who died were husband and wife. 

"Our MERT team worked all night and around 5:45 a.m we located a victim in 107 feet of water," said Joe Stadterman, park manager at Lake Pueblo and MERT team member.

“We’re requesting that boaters avoid the middle channel of Lake Pueblo between North Marina and Rock Creek Cove,” said Lake Pueblo State Park Manager Joe Stadterman. “Search and rescue efforts are underway and boaters are reminded to give space to our patrol boats and search vessels. Please avoid the area.”

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