MCSO: Drunk man who died at Lake Pleasant 'inadvertently walked off the cliff'

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The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday identified the man who died after falling from a cliff at Lake Pleasant Monday night, saying he "was extremely intoxicated."

MCSO spokesman Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez said William Ward, 24, was submerged for "a matter of minutes," after falling between 40 and 50 feet into the water beneath the cliff.

Ward was pulled from the water and taken by a good Samaritan to the four-lane boat ramp. Ward's brother and the boat operator performed CPR en route but the Peoria Fire Department pronounced Ward dead at the scene.

Lake Patrol detectives launched an investigation.

"[P]reliminary information indicates Ward was extremely intoxicated and inadvertently walked off the cliff when circling a campfire which had been built in close proximity to the cliff’s edge," Enriquez said in an email update Tuesday morning. "At this point in the investigation there are no indications of foul play and it is uncertain if the cause of death is by drowning or trauma sustained during the fall." 

It will be up to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Officer to determine how Ward died.

Ward lived in Phoenix and was at Lake Pleasant with his family and friends.

Lake Pleasant is a little less than an hour north of Phoenix.

This is the second death at an Arizona lake in as many days. 

On Sunday evening, MCSO divers recovered the body of an Apache Junction man who drowned while trying to swim across Canyon Lake earlier in the day.

[READ: Body of Apache Junction man retrieved from Canyon Lake after drowning]

Canyon Lake is a little more than an hour east of Phoenix.

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