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Remains recovered after Summit County boating accident

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Posted at 10:09 PM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 07:00:29-04

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit County Sheriff's Office says one person has died after a boating accident Saturday on Dillon Reservoir.

Around 2:30 Saturday afternoon, a storm cell came over the reservoir as boats from the Dillon Yacht Club's Peak One Regatta were returning to Dillon Marina after the race.

The storm produced 40 mph winds and 4-foot waves, causing multiple boats to capsize.

One sailboat tried to change course, but the boat lost control and the captain fell overboard. He was not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD), but it was on the boat.

The boat then collided with a race committee that was moored to a buoy.

Boats in the area immediately started searching for the captain.

The Sheriff's Office also began a land and water search, with assistance from the Summit County Rescue Group, along with the Summit County Water Rescue Team, Dillon Police Department, Dillon and Frisco Marinas, Dillon Yacht Club boats, fishing guides, Summit Water Taxi, and Flight for Life.

The search continued through the day with water search dogs, underwater sonar, and an underwater Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV).

The search was suspended at 11:00 p.m. due to storms and high winds but resumed Sunday morning at 6:30 as a recovery operation.

Around 3:30 p.m. the ROV found the victim, a 68-year-old man, in about 180 feet of water, and was recovered around 5:00 p.m.

His identity has not been released.

The incident remains under investigation.