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Floodgate Opened in Search for Third Drowning Victim

June 23, 1993

STERLING, Colo. (AP) _ A reservoir floodgate was opened Wednesday in a search for the body of an 11-year-old girl who drowned with two relatives during a fishing trip.

The girl, Janean Guerra, jumped into North Sterling Reservoir on Tuesday after her cousin, 3-year-old Michael Chavez, fell in while playing in a boat.

″Evidently, she was not a very good swimmer,″ Logan County Sheriff Don Bollish said. ″Then the grandfather jumped in. From what I heard, she grabbed ahold of him and pulled him down.″

The children’s grandmother and great-grandmother watched helplessly from the boat, Bollish said. ″They were both in shock,″ he said. ″They didn’t know how to swim at all.″

The victims had worn life jackets earlier in the day but removed them because of hot weather, he said.

The bodies of Michael and Bill Albrandt, 56, were pulled from the water Tuesday afternoon, but divers searching for Janean’s body were hampered by muddy water. Bollish said he ordered one of two reservoir floodgates open to assist the search, but he didn’t know how much it would drop the water level.

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