Canoe rolls over on Lake Pleasant; 2 die from hypothermia

February 13, 2022 GMT

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Two people died from complications of hypothermia – not from drowning — after their canoe rolled over at Lake Pleasant, authorities said Sunday.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials said deputies were dispatched around 10 a.m. Saturday to the south area of the lake near the Waddell Dam.

They said three people were inside the canoe when it rolled over. Two of them were pronounced dead at the scene and authorities originally said the victims drowned.

The third person was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

Sheriff’s officials on Sunday identified the victims as 22-year-old Arimus Nazareth and a 14-year-old boy whose name isn’t being released because he’s a juvenile.

Investigators still are trying to determine what caused the canoe to turn over and it remains unclear if any of the people in the canoe were wearing life jackets.

Lake Pleasant is a popular destination for fishing, boating, camping and water sports.