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Eagle County man may have drowned in reservoir

Tonya Bina
Grand County correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

KREMMLING, Colorado – Authorities are searching for a 46-year-old Eagle County resident who is suspected of having drowned while boating on Wolford Mountain Reservoir.

Missing since Saturday, the man reportedly dove from his motor boat into 15-20 feet of water at the north end of the reservoir to reach his 9-year-old daughter, who was swimming.

The man thought his daughter was in distress, according to Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson.

Nearby boaters rescued the daughter, but the father was not seen again, Johnson said.

Surface water temperatures that day were at about 71 degrees.

Kremmling Fire was first to the scene at around 3:45 p.m., followed by the Summit County Water Rescue Team that evening. The search with sonar equipment continued into Sunday with assistance from the East Grand Fire District.

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On Monday, Colorado State Park personnel began their search with a more sophisticated side-scan Sonar unit, according to Johnson. Rescuers are searching in water with limited visibility.

The father’s name has not yet been released.

The father had been camping at Wolford with his girlfriend and two daughters.