Officials search for man who went underwater while swimming in Lake Pleasant

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This follows seven fatal incidents that have occurred at Lake Pleasant this year since April.
This follows seven fatal incidents that have occurred at Lake Pleasant this year since April.

Officials are searching for a man who was swimming in Lake Pleasant, but didn't resurface on Saturday.

Deputies were told a man that was swimming in the Humbug Bay area went underwater and didn't resurface around 2 p.m., according to Sgt. Calbert Gillett, a spokesperson with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Officials were on scene.

The man hadn't been found as of Sunday morning, according to Gillett. He has not been identified.

This follows seven fatal incidents that have occurred at the lake this year since April.

Safety tips for lakegoers

For swimmers, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation advises these safety tips:

  • Always swim with a partner. Swimming alone can be unsafe.

  • Never leave young children unattended near water, and do not ask another child to supervise your children near water.

  • Avoid distractions when supervising children near water.

  • If a child goes missing, always check the water first.

  • Non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device.

  • Protect your skin. While you're busy cooling off and having fun in the water, your skin is also soaking in the sun. Apply and reapply sunscreen frequently.

  • Wear a hat and sunglasses to keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes.

  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you're not thirsty, to avoid dehydration. Just because you're floating in a cove of water does not mean your skin is absorbing enough to maintain your body's water levels. Avoid drinks containing caffeine and alcohol.

Reach breaking news reporter Angela Cordoba Perez at Angela.CordobaPerez@Gannett.com or on Twitter @AngelaCordobaP.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Officials search for man who went underwater in Lake Pleasant