Recovery mission closes Rampart Reservoir; crews search for paddleboarder’s body

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UPDATE Sunday, Sept. 5, 11:00 p.m.: Recreation, the dam, and boat ramp will be closed on Monday at Rampart Reservoir as the recovery mission ensues.

UPDATE: The El Paso County Chaplain has arrived on scene.

UPDATE: In a press conference held by CSFD, an official said crews are working to recover the body of a paddleboarder who drowned Sunday afternoon.

According to a CSFD official, several witnesses told authorities a man was paddleboarding at Rampart Reservoir when he went underwater and never came back up.

Even during the summer, Rampart Reservoir’s water is considered as “cold water” which sometimes gives rescuers less time to reach victims. Despite recovery efforts, search and rescue crews have announced that Sunday’s rescue mission has turned into a recovery mission.

Little information has been released about the victim; however, FOX21 has confirmed it is a man.

UPDATE: According to CSFD, the initial call for help came in around 2:40 p.m.

UPDATE: FOX21 has confirmed that a water rescue is underway at Rampart Reservoir. A dive team has been called in to help.

ORIGINAL: WOODLAND PARK, Colo. — FOX21 has confirmed that members of the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) are responding to the Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area.

Little information is known at this time, however, FOX21 is in contact with CSFD and plans to receive updates.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USDA), the Rampart Reservoir is located 4.2 miles east of Woodland Park.

On its website the USDA says “…the road is a rough, rutted, washboard, native surface road and the posted speed limit is 20 mph. Hauling boat or camper trailers can make this drive especially difficult and slow.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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