Letter: Fund set up to cover costs of dive team
July 14, 2015
To the Editor:
Christopher Mullinex, age 31, an avid swimmer, boater and fisherman, died as a result of an accidental drowning on July 3 at Lake Granby. There were eye witnesses to this incident and a location was confirmed, but his body was not recovered until July 6.
Although Grand County boasts the largest of Colorado's natural lakes, Grand Lake, as well as recreational lakes Shadow Mountain Reservoir, Lake Granby, Willow Creek Reservoir, Columbine Lake, Williams Fork Reservoir, Monarch Lake and Wolford Mountain Reservoir, there is no water rescue dive team in place. The closest fully trained dive team is located in Summit County approximately an 80 minute drive from the Granby/Grand Lake area.
Because this drowning happened on the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Summit County could not deploy its team to assist in the recovery of Christopher's body in the event that they would be needed in Summit County. So, Chris' family and friends spent four days on the lake with fish finders searching for his body. Once they had located something that appeared to be Chris' body at a depth of 70 feet, Summit County Water Rescue came for the recovery. What took four days for the family to find, took a properly equipped and trained team just four hours to recover.
As a result of this incident, we have set up the Christopher Mullinex Water Rescue Fund at Grand Mountain Bank in Grand County. All proceeds from this fund will go to developing and operating a Grand County Water Rescue and Dive Team. This search and rescue team will benefit and assist Grand County law enforcement as well as all locals and visitors who may be recreating on the lakes of Grand County.
To donate, please send checks made to "Christopher Mullinex Water Rescue Fund" to Grand Mountain Bank, PO Box 749, Grand Lake, CO 80447. Thank you and it is our hope that you and your loved ones will enjoy our recreational waters safely.
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