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Dive team called to search for man who disappeared into Steamboat Lake

Authorities search the water of Steamboat Lake from watercraft using fire pike poles for a man who went under the water and did not resurface. First responders also swam searching for the man, and a dive team from Summit County was called to assist.
Eleanor C. Hasenbeck

STEAMBOAT LAKE — Authorities are searching Steamboat Lake for an older male who slipped beneath the water and did not resurface.

Authorities were called to the scene at 4:49 p.m. Tuesday after the man went under.

The man was swimming from the corner of the roped swimming area to a platform outside of the swimming area in the middle of the lake, a distance of less than 200 feet. The man began struggling. He then went under the water and didn’t resurface, according to Tom Munden, a Routt County Sheriffs Office detective.

According to scanner traffic, a bystander swam out to the spot where he was last seen soon after he went under, but the person was unable to locate the man.

At 5:27 p.m., first responders requested assistance from a dive team based in Summit County. In the meantime, Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff and North Routt Fire Protection District firefighters and EMS searched the water with hooked, fire pike poles. Firefighters were also watching the shoreline of the lake.

Munden was unsure of the depth of the water in the area where the man went under.

At press time, the Sheriff’s Office had no further information about the victim.

It’s the second time in less than a month that authorities have combed the waters of Steamboat Lake for a person. On June 15, a 64-year-old Kansas man drowned after he swam after a boat that drifted into the lake.

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

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