Authorities recover body of 24-year-old man who died in Steamboat Lake |

Authorities recover body of 24-year-old man who died in Steamboat Lake

North Routt County Fire Protection District firefighters look on as Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff search the waters of Steamboat Lake for 24-year-old David Mutabazi after he went under the water and did not resurface.
Eleanor C. Hasenbeck

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The body of a 24-year-old Colorado Parks and Wildlife employee was recovered Tuesday night in Steamboat Lake, according to Routt County Coroner Robert Ryg.

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office said the man was swimming outside of the boundaries of the swim beach when witnesses saw him struggle and go under the water. The man did not resurface, and a bystander swam to the spot where the man was last seen. The person was unable to locate the man, according to scanner traffic.

First responders were called to the scene at 4:49 p.m. Tuesday.

A dive team, based out of Summit County, was called to assist. Routt County deputies, CPW staff and North Routt Fire Protection District firefighters and EMS searched the water from boats and a jet ski using fire pike poles.

They recovered the body at 9:45 p.m. before the dive team arrived.

Ryg said the man regularly swam in the lake in the evenings. He was not from the United States but had been studying here for some time, Ryg added.

Initially, the Sheriff’s Office believed the victim was an older man. Ryg confirmed the man was 24 years old.

The man’s name will be released once family members are notified.

The incident was the second death at Steamboat Lake in less than a month. On June 15, a 64-year-old Kansas man drowned while swimming after a boat that drifted into the lake.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email or follow her on Twitter, @elHasenbeck.

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