LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office say 24-year-old Derek Hawkins died while paddleboarding in Big Soda Lake. West Metro firefighters rushed to Bear Creek Lake Park on Saturday afternoon.

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They say they received a call about a drowning. After dive teams searched into the night, firefighters turned the search over to Colorado Parks and Wildlife which then announced it was a recover mission.

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Hawkins’s body was recovered Sunday morning. He was with friends. Rescuers tell CBS4 he dove in to recover a cellphone.

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The coroner’s office says he is from Aurora.

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Danielle Chavira