Breaking News!!: Lake Havasu City, AZ: Deputies actively searching the North Basin area for a man who gone underwater and had not resurfaced.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, at 1:00pm MST on Saturday, June 16th, 2018, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received several 911 calls about a male subject that had gone underwater and had not resurfaced in the North Basin of Lake Havasu.
Deputies from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division immediately responded to the area along with several other public safety agencies.
Upon arrival, it was determined that there was a male, a female, and a juvenile on board of a rented pontoon boat.
The male, who was operating the vessel, stopped the watercraft, and turned the motor off.
He then immediately jumped into the water with out a personal flotation device, to go for a swim.
The winds this day were in excess of 20 miles per hour.
As the male was swimming, the boat, which was not anchored, began to blow away.
The occupants on board of the vessel saw that the male began to struggle while swimming.
They attempted to throw him a life jacket, but were unsuccessful due to the winds.
The male then disappeared under the water’s surface.
** Picture from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office: **
Several law enforcement boats began to search the immediate area.
A helicopter from Native Air was requested.
The helicopter searched the area for approximately an hour and a half without locating anything.
MCSO Division of Boating Safety Deputies deployed Side Scan Sonar equipment to search the lake bottom.
At this time, deputies are still actively searching the lake bottom along with the lake surface and beaches, for the missing male.
Deputies ask that boaters on Lake Havasu remain aware of the on going search efforts, and to avoid the active search area.
** Initially, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office posted in their press release the wrong date and has since been corrected after being notified about the error. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office apologized for the error. **