Quay County- On July 9, 2013, at approximately 8:50 a.m., New Mexico State Police were notified of a drowning at Ute Lake State Park. Walter Bell (63) of Los Lunas, New Mexico was found floating in the lake by his wife after launching their boat in the water. Beatrice Bell drove away from the launching dock to park their vehicle. Mrs. Bell returned back approximately fifteen minutes later.
Mrs. Bell pulled him to the shoreline after discovering him floating face down. Officers with the New Mexico Parks performed CPR until paramedics arrived on scene. Mr. Bell was later pronounced deceased at Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari.
Contact: Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez