MCSO: Boy, 17, drowns at Bartlett Lake

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CAREFREE, Ariz. -- Divers have recovered the body of a teenager who drowned at Bartlett Lake.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Hegstrom says that 17-year-old Pablo Salgado of Phoenix failed to resurface while swimming Saturday around 9:40 a.m.

Hegstrom says the boy's body was located about three hours later in Rattlesnake Cove in an area with about 8 feet of water.

The boy was with a church group as well as family members.

Witnesses told authorities that Salgado was a strong swimmer and had swam back and forth across the cove twice, but he appeared to be struggling during a third trip.

"He yelled he had something wrong with his leg," said William Sands, who was on the shore at the time. " He went underwater. I jumped in."

Sands said they lost sight of Salgado just minutes later.

"I feel very bad for the family," he said. "It's a horrible ordeal. Nobody should ever lose a child like this."

Sands said Salgado was supposed to be baptized at the lake Saturday.

Bartlett Lake is located about 20 miles east of Carefree, a suburb on the Phoenix area's northeastern outskirts.

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An account has been established to help the family of Pablo Salgado with funeral expenses. 

Pablo Salgado Memorial Fund
Wells Fargo Bank
Account # 371634896