PUEBLO, Colo. — A Pueblo man fell from a fishing boat and drowned in Lake Pueblo Monday morning, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
CPW believes there were windy conditions, and water started to fill the boat. They say it is believed that the man tried to turn on the throttle to get out of the area, when he fell into the water.
He is believed to have been in the water for ten minutes before a boater in a pontoon boat helped pull him from the water, and took him to the South Ramp.
Boaters tried to revive Taylor. Once at the marina, a park ranger and a CPW officer met the victim at the ramp and performed CPR until an ambulance arrived, according to CPW.
The victim has been identified as Robert Charles Taylor, 68, of Pueblo.
CPW says they had life jackets on board, but were not wearing them at the time.
“You should always be concerned about being safe always knowing where you’re going, knowing the rules, knowing the weather, and if you are boating, or gonna be in that water – wear your life jacket,” said Monique Mullis, Park Manager, Lake Pueblo State Park.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Taylor is the fifth person to drown in Lake Pueblo this year.