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MCSO: Man drowns at Lake Pleasant after boating incident on Sunday, three others taken to hospital

Lake Pleasant
Posted at 6:51 PM, Apr 25, 2021

LAKE PLEASANT, AZ — The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said it has recovered the body of a man who drowned at Lake Pleasant on Sunday evening after a boating incident earlier in the day.

According to an MCSO news release, a group of people -- 10 adults and nine children -- were boating and tubing at Lake Pleasant on Sunday.

At one point, five people -- four children and an adult -- were being pulled behind the boat on an approved flotation device when everyone fell off near Roadrunner Island.

After that happened, MCSO said the driver of the boat put the boat in neutral, and instead of turning the boat around to meet those in the water, the men on the boat jumped into the water and attempted to swim to the children. None of the men had life vests on and became distressed due to the water's temperature, MCSO said.

At the same time, the pontoon boat drifted away from those in the water and the people who remained aboard did not know how to operate it, according to MCSO.

When emergency crews responded to Lake Pleasant, they found four children and four adults in the water. The children and one adult had life vests on, MCSO said.

One of the adults went below the surface before patrol officers were able to get him a floating device, MCSO said. That man was later identified as 41-year-old Shaba Isaac.

The man's body was found shortly before midnight by an underwater remote operated vehicle in 103 feet of water. MCSO said there were no signs of trauma and no signs of foul play.

Three people were taken to the hospital for environmental exposure and for ingesting water, MCSO said.