Man Drowns in Lake Pleasant

MCSO — On Monday, May 27, 2019 at approximately 4:01 p.m., Ovidio Ramirez Gomez was swimming with family and friends near the shoreline of Operations Cove near Scorpion Bay Marina at the Lake Pleasant Regional Park. Ovidio decided to swim farther out into the cove, became distressed and
went under. People from shore attempted to swim to Ovidio however, they are not good swimmers and could not make it.

MCSO Lake Patrol Deputies arrived by watercraft and land. Lake Patrol Detectives, who arrived by boat, set a marker buoy in reference to what family members were yelling and pointing towards the middle of the cove. As the buoy was set by one of the Lake Patrol Detectives, he saw the victim in
the water on the bottom. The Lake Detective jumped in 7.5 feet of water and recovered the victim. Deputies on shore began CPR. Peoria Fire arrived on scene and took over life-saving measures. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene despite continuing life-saving measures.

Lake Patrol Detectives responded and assumed the investigation. Evidence gathered at this point does not suggest any alcohol, drugs, or foul play. The decedent was later conveyed to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation. This investigation will remain
open at this time.


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