1 missing, 1 dead and 11 hospitalized after shipwreck in Pueblo Lake

PEOPLE, Colo. (KKTV) – One person is still missing after a boat capsized in Lake Pueblo on Sunday night, killing one person and injuring nearly a dozen others.

Eight children and five adults were aboard the boat when strong winds blew across the water around 7:30 p.m. and capsized it. 11 News Meteorologist Luke Victor says the winds were part of an incoming front and exceeded 40 mph.

“At 7:37 tonight, our wildlife officers received a call that a boat capsized near the North Shore area here in Lake Pueblo,” said Travis Duncan of CPW. “When they responded, they found a large flat-size boat capsized with 13 people on board.”

One woman died before help arrived, presumably from drowning, though the county coroner will release an official cause of death. Eleven others were rescued from the water and transported to area hospitals.

“The water here is 60 degrees, so it’s very cold, so we’re checking them for hypothermia,” Duncan said. “We had a child who participated in a flight for life tonight, so I only worried about that and we continue to monitor him.”

A search is currently underway for the 13th person on board.

“It’s 80-90 feet of water and we expect it to be a tough search,” Duncan told 11 News.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking boaters to avoid the area Monday while the recovery operation takes place.

The missing person has only been identified as one of the adults on the boat. All children involved in the incident are accounted for.

Exactly what caused the boat to capsize is still being investigated. 11 News meteorologist Luke Victor says 40 to 50 mph winds crossed the lake around 7:30 p.m. Sunday when a front blew through, but it’s unknown if that played any role in the incident.

We will update this article as we get more information.

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