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Aug 1, 2011 8:42 PM by Andy Koen

Drowning victim was from Pueblo

For the second time in less than ten days, a teenager has drowned in the Pueblo Reservoir. Einn Brasher, 16, a student at Central High School in Pueblo drown Sunday evening while he was swimming in cove on the southwest side of the lake.

The park ranger says investigators are still trying to determine exactly what caused Brasher to go under. Swimming is prohibited at the reservoir and always has been, but Ranger Monique Mullis says they're having a difficult time getting the public to understand that message.

She says this summer alone rangers have already written 88 swimming tickets, which carry a $52.50 fine. Most of the tickets have come from people swimming in the "3 Fingers" area on the southwest side of the lake.

"The particular area where we've had the two recent incidents is an area where we've already had significant patrols," Mullis said.

A large metal cross has been stood up on the shore near the area where 18 year old Jacob Clifton drown on July 22. Brasher drown in the same cove on Sunday.

Mullis says the parks service brings in extra help on the weekends to patrol the lake. As many as a dozen rangers are either on the water or walking the shores. But with a body of water that stretches 11 miles across and has 60 miles of coast line, it can be daunting to keep an eye on everyone.

"We're sure going to try to keep working to get that message out and if there's some new and different, creative ways to do that, get that message out, we'll definitely consider it."

The only legitimate place to swim within the park is at the Rock Canyon Swim Beach located just east of the dam. It had been closed for most of the summer for construction but reopened on Monday.

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