Worker on riding lawn mower who drowned in golf course lake ID'd

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Worker was on riding lawn mower

UPDATE: Tuesday morning

MESA -- The body of a Mesa golf course groundskeeper has been recovered from a lake.

Police say the man, identified asIrving Espinoza Hernandez, was on a lawnmower Monday morning when it plunged into the lake at the Viewpoint Golf Resort.

The lawn mower was on a steep incline next to a lake when it tipped over throwing Hernandez, 20, into the water.

Police say that witnesses saw the accident and tried to rescue Hernandez, however they told police that Hernandez panicked and then went under in eight feet of water.

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Information from: East Valley Tribune/Scottsdale Tribune


MESA -- Rescuers were called to a drowning at a golf course early Monday morning.

According Mike Dunn, a spokesman for the Mesa Fire Department, a man on a riding lawn mower identified as 20-year-old Irving Espinoza Hernandez, went into a lake at the View Point RV Golf Resort near University Drive and Ellsworth Road.

Three golfers nearby tried to help him, but the man slipped back under the water.

While the mower was visible in the water, crews were not immediately able to locate the man who was just a few feet from his mower. He reportedly was in 8-feet of water for about 25 minutes.

A dive team from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was called out, along with the Technical Rescue Team from the Mesa Fire Department.

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