Pueblo County Coroner Brian Cotter identified the woman who died when the boat she was on with 12 others capsized on Pueblo Lake as the search for a person missing in the crash was called off Monday due to high winds.
Jessica Prindle, 38, of Pueblo West died in the crash Sunday night, Cotter said on Twitter.
“She was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled. Next of kin have been notified,” the tweet read.
Prindle was one of five adults on the small boat with eight children when the accident happened around 7.30pm on Sunday in high winds.
The 13 people were in the cold water of the reservoir when Colorado Parks and Wildlife rangers arrived in a patrol boat at the site of the reservoir where the boat had capsized.
All eight children were rescued along with three adults, but one adult was missing and Prindle’s body was found in 60 degree water.
A search was launched immediately to locate the missing adult, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement.
CPW’s marine evidence recovery team used sonar to search for the missing adult, but called off the search on Monday as the wind picked up.
The MERT team faced tough conditions when the boat capsized in 80 to 90 feet of water, CPW said.
“We ask boaters to avoid the middle Pueblo Lake channel between North Marina and Rock Creek Cove,” said Lake Pueblo State Park Superintendent Joe Stadterman. “Search and rescue efforts are underway and boaters are reminded to make room for our patrol boats and search vessels. »
One of the miners was seriously injured and airlifted to hospital. The other 10 survivors were also taken to area hospitals where they were treated for hypothermia.
This is a developing story. Karin Zeitvogel can be reached by email at [email protected]