Boy dies by drowning while swimming at Lake Pleasant


LAKE PLEASANT – A 16-year-old boy pulled out of the water by two bystanders was pronounced dead on March 22, after it appears he drowned while swimming with friends at Lake Pleasant in the area of Desert Tortoise.

The boy was struggling to swim and stay above water, and a friend attempted to assist him, but was unable to bring him back up to the surface after he went under, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Lake Patrol that responded to the call in the afternoon at about 1:30 p.m.

Two bystanders in the area were able to pull the boy out of the water and begin CPR.  MCSO continued life saving measures while they transported him to the 10 Lane Boat Ramp where he was taken to Abrazo Peoria Emergency Center by an ambulance, according first responders.

The City of Peoria Fire Department was also on scene assisting, and it confirmed that the victim was pulled from the water without a pulse and was not breathing.

The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital despite the life support measures taken within minutes after he went underwater, according to MCSO.

“Evidence gathered at this point does not suggest any alcohol, drugs, or foul play,” stated MCSO Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez in an email.  “The deceased was later conveyed to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.”

The investigation is still ongoing.