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High winds force 2 water rescues; body of missing paddleboarder found

Rescue crews located the body of a paddleboarder at Chatfield Reservoir, and a man was pulled from the Soda Lakes in Jefferson County.
Credit: South Metro Fire Rescue
Water rescue for body of paddleboarder on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — High winds Sunday afternoon forced water rescues at Chatfield Reservoir and the Soda Lakes, according to rescue officials. 

Crews from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and South Metro Fire Rescue recovered the body of a paddleboarder who witnesses say went under water at Chatfield Reservoir Sunday afternoon. Ranger boats and a South Metro dive boat conducted a sonar grid search using last-seen points from witnesses on shore, the agency said in a tweet Sunday evening. 

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A second paddleboarder was able to make it to shore, South Metro said.  

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Also on Sunday, a man in his 50s was pulled out of a body of water in the Soda Lakes after a sailboarding incident, West Metro Fire Rescue said.

The man had been sailboarding, and a gust of wind may have knocked him over, West Metro said. 

Witnesses who had seen him sailboarding said the sail and board were separated and passersby pulled the man out of the water and called West Metro, the agency said. 

West Metro said the man was wearing all the proper protective gear including a life preserver, helmet and wetsuit.

Rescuers began CPR and took the man to St. Anthony Hospital. West Metro said the man's current status is unknown but he was "critically injured."

Soda Lakes is located near C-470 and W. Morrison Road. 

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