Boat hits people in dinghy behind another boat in Colorado
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Boat hits people in dinghy behind another boat in Colorado

A boat hit a pontoon carrying three people and then another boat in Navajo State Park in Colorado, killing one person and sending another to the hospital.

Navajo State Park

A boat struck a pontoon carrying three people and another boat on a lake in southwestern Colorado, killing one person and sending another to a hospital, officials said.

The third person riding the tube was not injured, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a news release. All three people were wearing personal flotation devices at the time of the collision, officials said.

The agency is investigating the crash that occurred Saturday, July 6, at Navajo State Park in cooperation with the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, officials said.

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The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. at the park’s lake, near Windsurf Beach, officials said.

“Multiple 911 calls were made from other participants on the two vessels and were quickly relayed to our rangers,” park ranger Mitchell Ramm said in a statement. “The call came in at 2:33 p.m., and I arrived on scene a short time later and found the two victims. The Southern Ute Police Department also responded. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims.”

Authorities did not provide the ages of the victims. Local media reported that the victim was a 25-year-old woman from Durango, according to the Durango Herald and 9News.

The cause of death will be determined by the Archuleta County coroner, officials said.

Campgrounds, marinas and the park remained open after the collision, officials said. Windsurf Beach was temporarily closed but has since reopened, except for the waters around the collision site, pending an investigation.

Navajo State Park is located about 40 miles southeast of Durango and about 280 miles southwest of Colorado Springs. It is a popular recreational attraction, drawing more than 300,000 visitors to the park for boating, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing.

Boat hits people in dinghy behind another boat in Colorado

Brooke (she/they) is a McClatchy Real-Time reporter covering LGBTQ+ entertainment news and national parks in the West. They studied journalism at the University of Florida and previously covered LGBTQ+ news for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. When they’re not writing stories, they enjoy spending time with their cats, riding horses, or spending time outdoors.