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LAKE PLEASANT, Ariz. -- Many boaters spending Fourth of July weekend at Lake Pleasant were stuck on the beach after their boats were damaged in Thursday's monsoon storm.
A capsized pontoon boat was seen floating near the shore on Friday, and boaters told 3TV they heard that other boats had actually sunk.
Dewayne Paramore pointed out a hole in the side of his boat and said it had started to take in water.
"We hurried up and got it out of the water before it sank, so we got lucky," he said.
Paramore said he and his party were camping in their motorhome when they saw the storm roll in around 6:30 p.m.
"We thought ... it was going to blow over, and then all of a sudden the wind changed and it started coming right at us before we could do anything," he said.
"Right when the sun went down, I could see that the black cloud was coming this way," Cammie Marceaux recalled.
She saw numerous boats head for the dock at once and said some took a beating during the chaos.
"Their boats were dangerously rocking and going up and down, so it was quite unusual," Adella Fronsman said. "It was really dangerous for the boats trying to come in."
Marceaux's Sea-Doo watercraft became wedged in some rocks and wouldn't start Friday.
But the visitors said they weren't going to let the storm spoil their holiday weekend at the lake.
"I come out here all the time anyway, so it's no big deal to me," Marceaux said. "I can't go on the lake, but I'm OK with that because we've been out here for the last two days."
Paramore said his friends were bringing their boat on Friday, so he would be able to join them on the water.
"We'll still boat. It's not a big deal. Stuff happens," he said, adding that he has insurance on his boat.
He said he's just glad he didn't hear of any serious injuries.
"We're hardcore boaters," he said. "We've been doing this for 20 years, so we're not phased by it a bit. We're going to stay out here the rest of the weekend and just tough it out."