1 missing, 1 dead and 11 hospitalized after boat capsizes in Colorado
PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV/Gray News) — One person is still missing after a boat capsized in Lake Pueblo Sunday night, killing one and injuring nearly a dozen others.
Eight kids and five adults were on board when when strong winds crossed the water around 7:30 p.m. and knocked it over. KKTV meteorologist Luke Victor says the winds were part of an incoming front and exceeded 40 mph.
“At 7:37 tonight our wildlife officers received a call that a boat has capsized near the North Shore area here at Lake Pueblo,” said Travis Duncan with Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Sunday. “When they responded, they found a large flat-sized boat capsized with 13 folks on board.”
One woman died before help arrived, presumably from drowning, though the county coroner will release the official cause of death.
On Monday, the coroner identified the woman as 38-year-old Jessica Prindle of Pueblo West. An autopsy has been ordered.
Eleven others were rescued from the water and transported to area hospitals.
“The water here is 60 degrees so it’s very cold, so we’re getting them checked out for hypothermia,” Duncan said. “We did have one child who went on a Flight for Life tonight, so just concerned about that and continuing to check in on that.”
A search is currently underway for the 13th person on board.
“It is 80-90 feet of water and we expect it to be a difficult search,” Duncan said.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife was asking boaters to avoid the area Monday while the recovery operation was underway.
The missing person has only been identified as one of the adults from the boat. All of the kids involved in the incident are accounted for.
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