Colorado Parks and Wildlife park rangers recovered a body from Lake Pueblo State Park Saturday morning after crews responded to reports of a paraglider crashing along the south shore of the lake.
Park rangers were deployed after reports of two paragliders crashing were made around 8:30 a.m. Both callers stated the paragliders were skimming the lake surface and dangling their feet when they crashed, according to a release from the state park department.
Immediate search and rescue efforts began and they located one of the paragliders, who was able to escape and survive the crash.
The other, however, became tangled in the parachute, fan and ropes and drowned as a result of the crash, said Joe Stadterman, park manager at Lake Pueblo.
"This is a tragic loss of life," Stadterman said. "And it underscores the importance of being extremely careful around the water. If you are fishing on the shore, boating or even gliding over the water, we strongly urge you to wear a life jacket."
The identity of the deceased man will be released at a later date by the Pueblo County Coroner's Office.
If the coroner's office confirms the cause of death to be drowning, it will be the ninth drowning in Colorado this year. Seven of those have occurred in reservoirs, lakes or ponds, while two have happened in swift water.
Last year, Colorado recorded its highest number of drownings on record with 34, according to the release.