Two women who drowned in Boyd Lake are identified |

Two women who drowned in Boyd Lake are identified

LOVELAND ” Officials have identified two women who drowned in a boating accident at Boyd Lake as Herlinda Rojas-Morales, 73, and Maria Gallardo, 65, of El Paso, Texas.

Investigators were trying to determine why their boat capsized Saturday in high winds.

“It could be a combination of a number of different things,” Brian Sandy, Colorado State Parks boat safety specialist, said Sunday. “It could boil down to one.”

Six people were on the boat ” an 18-foot Sea Ray that holds eight people or 1,100 pounds ” when it capsized.

The other four people in the boat were treated at McKee Medical Center in Loveland. Three were released, and a fourth remained in intensive care, reported Cpl. Craig Kern, spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities did not release the four people’s names. Kern said they were part of a gathering of 20-30 family members. The afternoon was calm and sunny, but a storm blew in quickly that evening, said Fred Bohlmann, Boyd Lake manager, bringing winds of 38 mph winds and swells as high as three feet.

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