UPDATE: The body of a man who drowned in the Colorado River in Parker last weekend has been recovered from Headgate Dam. The man’s body was found at the dam at around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after a weekend of recovery attempts by divers.
A man who disappeared into the river and did not resurface was being searched for by divers Saturday morning.
The man was reportedly on a boat outing with his family floating near BlueWater Resort & Casino on Friday evening when around 6:30 p.m. he went into the water and was struggling to come to the surface. He was unable to swim to safety and, according to reports, made brief contact with the hands of family members trying to reach him before disappearing in the current.
La Paz County Sheriff’s Department Captain Curt Bagby, with the permission of CRIT Police Chief John Morris, confirmed the incident and said that divers are looking for the man.
“We will not be talking about the identity of the man at this point,” Bagby told Parker Live. “Divers went down [Friday night] but it’s close to Headgate Dam and there are strong currents that are very unsafe for divers. They’re back this morning and in the water as we speak, using special equipment to search. They haven’t had any success at this point.”
The area is generally sandy, but proximity to Headgate Dam means the dam is a focus of the search.
This incident is not related to reports last weekend of a man who entered the water at Roadrunner Bar and was not seen by the same witnesses exiting the water. Those reports were not confirmed and no missing persons reports were filed.