DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– A family is mourning the loss of their little boy after he was pulled from Chatfield Reservoir. He died a short time later at the hospital.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ron Hanavan said rescue crews were called to Chatfield Reservoir just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Rescue crews at Chatfield Reservoir (credit: CBS)

Rescue crews at Chatfield Reservoir (credit: CBS)

The Littleton Fire Department’s Dive and Rescue Team recovered the child near the southeast banks of the reservoir.

Witnesses told CBS4 several people dove into the water to search for the little boy.

“There were a bunch of people on the shore that were jumping in the water to help him,” said witness Brenda Young. “There were people jumping in everywhere.”

“It was very frantic and the other gentleman was very frantic also,” said Steve Steele. “It was very muddy and we couldn’t see underwater.”

Young said when the boy, who wasn’t wearing a life vest, was pulled out of the water he was lifeless.

“It didn’t look like there was much to him, they were working on him. It seemed like he was okay when they took him away but we’re not sure,” she said.

It’s not clear if they boy was on a boat or on shore. His name hasn’t been released.

Investigators are still trying to determine what happened and an autopsy was being performed on Sunday to determine just exactly how the boy died.


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