MCSO PRESS RELEASE: Saturday’s missing boater


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UPDATE ON POST:  On Tuesday (6/19) at approximately 8:23 AM while deputies were still searching with divers, a boater reported locating a body floating in the North Basin, west of the Lake Havasu State Park. Deputies immediately responded and located the body, and confirmed it to be that of the missing male. The male was identified as Rosario Carreon, 45 of Phoenix. His body was recovered and transferred to the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office. Next of kin contact was made.


ORIGINAL STORY: On Saturday (6/16) at approximately 1:00 PM, 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 of Boating Safety 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 without a personal flotation device, to go for a swim. The winds that 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. 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. Mohave County Sheriff’s Office 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’s surface and beaches, for the missing male.