Small boat capsizes on Lake Pleasant, 2 rescued

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A small boat capsized on Lake Pleasant Friday morning, dumping the two people on board into the frigid water. By Catherine Holland A small boat capsized on Lake Pleasant Friday morning, dumping the two people on board into the frigid water. By Catherine Holland
A small boat capsized on Lake Pleasant Friday morning, dumping the two people on board into the frigid water. By Catherine Holland A small boat capsized on Lake Pleasant Friday morning, dumping the two people on board into the frigid water. By Catherine Holland
A small boat capsized on Lake Pleasant Friday morning, dumping the two people on board into the frigid water. By Catherine Holland A small boat capsized on Lake Pleasant Friday morning, dumping the two people on board into the frigid water. By Catherine Holland
A small boat capsized on Lake Pleasant Friday morning, dumping the two people on board into the frigid water. By Catherine Holland A small boat capsized on Lake Pleasant Friday morning, dumping the two people on board into the frigid water. By Catherine Holland
A small boat capsized on Lake Pleasant Friday morning, dumping the two people on board into the frigid water. By Catherine Holland A small boat capsized on Lake Pleasant Friday morning, dumping the two people on board into the frigid water. By Catherine Holland

LAKE PLEASANT -- A small boat capsized on Lake Pleasant Friday morning, dumping the two people on board into the frigid water.

It happened at about 7 a.m.

Bob Herrin and Andrew Juarez were rescued by a couple in a passing fishing boat, and they appeared to be fine, if a bit cold. The two were in the water for about 20 minutes.

Herrin and Juarez said they were headed out to enjoy a nice day and do a little fishing, something they've done many times before.

They think the boat was a little unbalanced when a couple of waves hit, causing it to tip over, launching them into the water.

"Three big wakes came over the bow of the boat and it just nosed down on us," Herrin said. "We tried to abandon ship."

"Next thing you know we were wet," Juarez said.

Juarez said he and Herrin tried to get on top of the overturned boat, but that only caused it to sink more.

Herrin, 75, hung on to an ice chest while Juarez clung to a chair. Herrin told 3TV's Javier Soto that while he was in the water, he worried about whether he would see 76.

At that time of the morning, there weren't many boats out, but the men eventually managed to wave down a passing couple. That couple plucked the pair from the water and took them to safety.

Maricopa County sheriff's deputies and the Peoria Fire Department were called out. Paramedics gave the men some blankets and checked them out as a precaution. Both were chilly and shaken up, but otherwise unhurt.

It was fairly windy at Lake Pleasant this morning, which made the water choppy. That might have contributed to the accident. In addition, when the capsized boat was towed to the shore, a hole was discovered in hull.