PUEBLO, Colo. — The Pueblo County Coroner’s Office has identified a man who they suspect accidentally drowned near the North Shore Marina at Lake Pueblo State Park on Monday.
Federico Guzman, a 38-year-old resident of Pueblo West, was recovered by divers after eyewitnesses reported on a swimmer who went missing in mid-afternoon. Colorado Parks and Wildlife rangers immediately launched a search and rescue effort.
Within an hour, divers had located Guzman’s body.
The witness described seeing the swimmer disappear while apparently trying to swim from the shore to the marina.
“We offer our condolences to the family of this person,” said Monique Mullis, manager of Lake Pueblo State Park. “We hate seeing lives lost so tragically.”
Mullis praised the first responders who quickly provided support including the volunteer divers of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, the Pueblo West Fire Department, and the Pueblo County ACOVA victim’s assistance office.
“This is another sad example of why swimming is not permitted anywhere in Lake Pueblo,” Mullis said. “Swimming is only permitted in Rock Canyon Swim Beach below the dam. This incident also points to the importance of wearing life jackets when you are in the water.”