Missing kayaker at Cherry Creek Reservoir recovered
Park rangers said a strong storm created gusts of wind and choppy water and could have capsized the kayak.
AURORA, Colo .– Search teams found the body of a missing kayaker at Cherry Creek Reservoir on Sunday, according to a tweet from Rescue in case of fire in the south metro.
On Monday, the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Christopher Carmon, 26, from Aurora.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) also participated in the search on Sunday. They said in a statement that around noon, witnesses reported a man in the water who was not wearing a life jacket and was near an inflatable kayak. He was in obvious distress, according to CPW. Park rangers said a strong storm created gusts of wind and choppy water and could have capsized the kayak.
CPW park rangers and South Metro dive crews responded, the statement said, and had good information on the man’s location.
But after more than an hour of searching, CPW said, the operation went from a rescue to a recovery effort.
CPW’s marine evidence recovery team joined the search, the statement said, using an underwater drone equipped with sonar, lights and a video camera.
CPW said the research was focused on the east side of the park, where the water was between 9 and 16 feet deep and the water temperature was in the low 50s.
the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office helped with research.
South Metro tweeted just before 5 p.m. that the man had been found.
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