Teenager dies after drowning incident at Lake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant is pictured on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Lake Pleasant Regional Park in Peoria. (Jacob Stanek/Independent Newsmedia)

A teenager has died after a reported drowning at Lake Pleasant.

The Peoria Fire-Medical Department said it responded to the lake Friday afternoon, where two bystanders had pulled the 16-year-old teen from out of the water.

Battalion Chief Steve Kelley said the teen was not breathing and had no heartbeat.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was also on scene investigating and said the teen was swimming with friends in the area of Desert Tortoise when he began having difficulty swimming and began to struggle.

A friend tried to help him but was unable to, and the teen eventually went underwater.

However, bystanders pulled the teen out of the water soon after and began CPR, MCSO said.

Lake Patrol Deputies arrived and continued life-saving measures while transporting the teen to a boat ramp where medical officials waited.

The teen was taken to the hospital, reportedly in serious condition. MCSO Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez tweeted before 9 p.m. that the teen had died. His identity was not released.

“Lake Patrol Detectives responded to the emergency center and assumed the investigation,” a release states. “Evidence gathered at this point does not suggest any alcohol, drugs, or foul play.”

The investigation remains open.



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