Rescuers find body of man who disappeared in Lake Pueblo

Rescuers are searching for a man who disappeared in Lake Pueblo Sunday. / Mike Duran - FOX21 News
In a photo taken Monday morning, rescuers search for a man who disappeared in Lake Pueblo Sunday, July 2. / Mike Duran - FOX21 News

PUEBLO, Colo. — Rescuers have recovered the body of a man who disappeared in Lake Pueblo Sunday.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the man disappeared at North Picnic Cove. He has been identified as Shane Michael Crandell, 33, of Pueblo.

Sunday afternoon, several witnesses saw Crandell and another man go into the water to retrieve a jet ski that had come unsecured and floated away from the shore.

“He was going to swim out and get him and he took his shoes off and threw them back up here and threw his hat. He’s about 6’3″. He’s really big and muscular. He’s not a real good swimmer, but he can swim,” said Shawn Dutton, the victim’s uncle.

Only one man returned.

“The water got cold or something because he looked like he was really cold and he touched the back of his ski, but he pushed it away and just tried to backstroke to the shore. And he couldn’t make it and he started yelling for help. His friend’s a Marine and he jumped in and he tried to help him,” Dutton said.

Rescuers began their search for Crandell Sunday night. They recovered his body Tuesday afternoon. He was found about 50 feet from where he disappeared, under about 37 feet of water.

Lake Pueblo State Park officials said the area at North Picnic Cove, which looks flat and shallow, is misleading. Swimming is not advised.

It’s actually a cliff about 35 feet deep and canyon-like, which made the recovery challenging.

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