NEW INFO: Bodies recovered on Grand Mesa after Snowcat goes through ice

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DELTA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Delta County Sheriff's Office has just released new information in the recovery of two men who broke through the ice on Island Lake.

A specialized Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) was deployed into the water to find the men. The vehicle was deployed around 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Delta County Sheriff's Office. They said they, "immediately located the snowcat and two bodies in approximately 65 feet of water. The ROV has a retractable arm capable of retrieving heavy objects. The Summit County SAR team maneuvered the ROV close enough to retrieve the two bodies and bring them to the surface where SAR team member were able to remove them from the lake" according to a press release from Delta County Sheriff Mark Taylor.

The men will be identified by the Delta County Coroner's office.

Previously Released:
Search and rescue crews are looking for two men who may have broken through the ice on Island Lake on the Grand Mesa.

According to the Delta County Sheriff’s office, the men may have driven a Sno-Cat onto the lake, possibly early Sunday morning, and fallen through in the vehicle. One of the men is identified as Ryan Wells, 30, of Delta County. The other man hasn’t been identified.

On Sunday, a call came into the sheriff’s office about individuals who were overdue to check out of their room at the Grand Mesa Lodge. One of them was Wells, who on Saturday asked the owner of the lodge about driving his Sno-Cat onto the ice, according to the sheriff’s office. The owner also told law enforcement the sound of a Sno-Cat starting up woke him up at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Tracks from the Sno-Cat were found heading out on to the ice of Island Lake. The tracks ended at a large hole in the ice. Delta County Search and Rescue combed the lake and shore for any sign the men had gotten out of the Sno-Cat before it broke through the ice, but didn’t find anything to suggest anyone walked away from a hole in the ice.

On Monday, a search and rescue team out of Summit County was called to the scene to use their unmanned underwater drone to search for the Sno-Cat and the men.

Editors note: An earlier version of this story said search and rescue deployed the ROV on Wednesday. It was used Monday afternoon.