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.
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.READ MORE: Colorado Gets First Excessive Heat Warning On Record With Highs Set To Near 110 Degrees
Hawkins’s body was recovered Sunday morning. He was with friends. Rescuers tell CBS4 he dove in to recover a cellphone.READ MORE: Speed Flier Rescued From Summit County Mountain As Rescue Calls Continue To Climb
The coroner’s office says he is from Aurora.MORE NEWS: 2 Year Old In Denver Amber Alert Found Safely