Teen who drowned in Salt River on Easter identified

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SALT RIVER, Ariz. -- A quick swim across the river turned deadly for a 16-year-old boy as his family could only watch in horror on shore.

Officials from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said Guillermo Ramos, a Mexican national, was with his family at the Pebble Beach Recreation site on the Salt River when he tried to swim across, a distance of about 50 feet.

According to officials, there was no undertow and Guillermo could swim but for reasons unexplained, he went underwater.

"The mom starts yelling, 'My son's drowning, my son's drowning,'" said witness Esteban Orozco.

He and a dozen others swam in to try and save Guillermo but weren't able to find him.

A dive team and air boat searched for several hours as a helicopter circled in the air. Guillermo's body was found just after 7 p.m. Sunday in about 10 feet of water. He was in the same general area where his family saw him go down.

Officials say the search area, although small in width, presented a few challenges beneath the surface.

"It's a black water dive," MCSO Sgt. Christopher Dowell said. "The depth is changing from 6 inches to... at the max of 22 feet."

Divers also had to navigate the soft mud underneath.

The Mexican Consulate has been notified.