Deputies recover body of man missing after jumping into Lake Havasu

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LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – Rescue crews have recovered the body of a man who was reported missing on Lake Havasu.

Utilizing sonar equipment, Mohave County sheriff’s waterways deputies located the body of Antonio Juan-Ramos Lopez, 62, of Temple City, Calif., east of where he jumped into the water on Monday.

Lopez's body was recovered from the lake about 500 yards east of Havasu Springs at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter said Lopez failed to resurface after he jumped into the water from a boat to get cooled off north of the Parker Dam Monday evening.

Immediately after Lopez jumped into the lake, high winds kicked in and took the boat away from him while he was trying to swim to it, according to Carter.

He was not wearing a life jacket.

People aboard the boat attempted to throw a rope to Lopez and the operator of the boat tried to get the boat back to him, but it was too late.

Divers from the sheriff's office and the Lake Havasu Police Department had conducted a search on Tuesday. 

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the incident.

An autopsy will be conducted and the investigation remains ongoing.


Man missing after jumping into Lake Havasu; high winds blew boat away