Man drowns while trying to swim across Salt River

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

MESA, Ariz. -- A 40-year-old man drowned in the Salt River near Blue Point Bridge on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy lake patrol divers found Luis Alberto Gutierrez in 15 feet of water at 6:00 p.m., about two hours after responding to a drowning call.

He was found near the area where he was reported going under the water.

According to witnesses, the victim was swimming with another individual across the river, a distance of about 50 yards, when he went under.