The 17-year-old boy who drowned in Skaguay Reservoir on April 25 has been identified as McKenzie Boutin of Colorado Springs.
Boutin and a 20-year-old man were canoeing on the reservoir when the canoe capsized about 200 feet from shore. The man was able to get to shore with assistance from bystanders, but the boy didn’t make it.
Teller County law enforcement officers, fire and EMS personnel responded to the accident, and both individuals were taken to a local hospital, where Boutin was later pronounced dead.
Teller County Coroner Al Born said falling into water as cold as the water at Skaguay was that day is almost immediately incapacitating. Neither Boutin nor the 20-year-old with him was wearing a life preserver.
Skaguay Reservoir, a popular but secluded fishing spot, is located about five miles east of Victor. Boutin’s death was the second fatality connected to the reservoir in the past year. Staff Sgt. Robert Carmichael Shetler, a Fort Carson soldier from Fairbanks, Alaska, drowned in the reservoir in May 2011.