Fisherman’s death at Vega State Park investigated

State and local authorities are investigating the death of 67-year-old Orchard Mesa man who was reported Thursday afternoon by a witness as floating face down in shallow water at Vega Reservoir.

Colorado State Parks spokeswoman Deb Frazier said the man, who was accompanied by his brother and other family members, had been fishing off the shore of the south side of the reservoir when he was observed unresponsive, in the water, around 1:10 p.m.

“He really loved fishing, which was apparently a family activity,” Frazier said.

Plateau Valley firefighters, Colorado State Parks rangers and Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to what was initially reported as a possible drowning. The victim at one point was pulled from the water and others were attempting CPR, according to emergency scanner traffic. A St. Mary’s Hospital helicopter was called to the scene, but was canceled and returned back to the hospital about 10 minutes into its flight.

The man was found in water which was approximately ankle to mid-thigh high, Frazier said.

Foul play is not suspected.


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