Man drowns after trying to swim across cove at Lake Pleasant

LAKE PLEASANT, AZ - Authorities have identified a man who died after being pulled from the water at Lake Pleasant, northwest of Phoenix.

According to Maricopa County Sheriff's Sgt. Brandon Uptain, around 1:30 p.m. 38-year-old Nelson Gomez Rivas of Phoenix was trying to swim from one end of a cove near Scorpion Bay to the other and only got about half way when he began to struggle.

Uptain said the victim's wife asked for help and bystanders pulled her unconscious husband to shore.

Bystanders and deputies performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Rivas was air-lifted to John C. Lincoln Hospital North in critical condition. He later died.

Uptain said Rivas was at the lake with his wife and child. Impairment was not a factor, Uptain said.

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