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Recovery effort continues for man missing at Cherry Creek Reservoir

CPW said the man was on a tube being pulled by a boat when he became separated from the tube and went missing.

AURORA, Colo. — The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Marine Evidence Recovery Team continued the recovery operation Wednesday for a 29-year-old man who went missing at Cherry Creek Reservoir on Saturday.

CPW said the man was on a tube being pulled by a boat when he became separated from the tube and went missing in the water on Saturday evening. CPW said he was not wearing a life jacket.

South Metro Fire Rescue and Cherry Creek State Park rangers were called to the scene and began searching for the man about 300 yards east of the marina on the west end of the reservoir.

About 8:30 p.m. Saturday, South Metro tweeted that rescue efforts had been unsuccessful and that the effort had turned into a recovery operation.

The recovery efforts were turned over to CPW's Marine Evidence Recovery Team. Crews continued their search into the night Saturday and throughout the day Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but have not yet recovered the man. 

CPW said the Marine Evidence Recovery team and Summit County Sheriff's Office searched until 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, and search efforts resumed at 6 a.m.

“The goal of the mission here is just to have a recovery to provide [the family] with a little piece of closure," said Jason Clay, spokesperson for CPW.

Search crews have used sonar, underwater remote-operated vehicles and a drone to look on the surface of the water and along the shoreline.

The reservoir's boat ramp remained closed Tuesday and will be closed again Wednesday as crews continue the search.

CPW said this operation comes nearly a year after a kayaker drowned at the same reservoir. On May 2, 2021, a kayaker drowned near the east boat ramp after being flipped over in the water.

Credit: KUSA

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