Missing Miramonte Reservoir Kayaker Presumed Dead

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Rescue crews on the search: Photo: San Miguel County Sheriff Facebook

Sad news from this past week out of western Colorado. A fisherman who went missing on Miramonte Reservoir a week ago is being presumed dead. His kayak was found capsized the evening of Wednesday May 16th by a fellow boater, and a week later he has yet to be found. The kayakers name has not been officially released, but sources close to the incident are reporting it may be 21 year old Tanner Chestnut of Norwood.

Miramonte Reservoir is a 405 acre lake about 20 miles south of Norwood, Colorado. Norwood Marshal’s Office and Fire Protection District, the National Park Service and Utah’s Grand County Search and Rescue have all been involved in the search, along with a few local boat owners. Divers, specially trained dogs, and sonar have all been unable to locate the man. After an intensive sonar sweep of the area on Saturday, only one “low confidence” target was identified and investigated. Divers reported extremely challenging search conditions with near zero visibility.

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Miramonte Reservoir. Beautiful spot. Photo: Camping Road Trip

As of Saturday evening the Sheriff’s office has called off the search until any new evidence is discovered. Due to the lack of snowfall and extreme drought in the area, officials are unusually busy enforcing Stage 1 fire restrictions.

Condolences from the SnowBrains crew to the victims friends and family.

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