FARMINGTON — A six-year-old boy from Durango drowned Saturday at Navajo Lake while on a camping trip with his family, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies were dispatched to "Cocaine Cove" at Navajo Lake at approximately 5:30 p.m. after receiving reports that the boy, Christian Korte, was found floating unconscious in the water.
Korte and his family were camping at the lake to celebrate the boy's birthday, the release states. Korte went missing after playing with his brother in the water and his body was later discovered during a search by the family.
"This is heartbreaking," Sheriff Ken Christesen said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Christian's family."
There are no designated swimming areas or lifeguards at Navajo Lake and drownings are not uncommon.
In July 2013, a 28-year-old Farmington man drowned at the lake while visiting the state park with his young nephew, according to The Daily Times archive. In 2012, three people drowned in the lake, including a 4-year-old boy who fell into the lake from a rock while he was camping with his extended family.
In May 2011, a young mother and her five-year-old son died in the lake when they became trapped under a capsized boat.
The American Red Cross states on its website that weak swimmers should wear life jackets whenever they are in or near a body of water and children should be kept under constant, active supervision. If a child goes missing, parents should always check the water first.
"Seconds count in preventing death or disability from drowning," according to the website.