Girl, 15, drowns at Lake Pleasant

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by Jennifer Thomas and Natalie Brand

Video report by Natalie Brand

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 10:56 PM

PHOENIX -- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office dive team recovered the body of a teenager who drowned at Lake Pleasant Friday afternoon.

A spokesman with MCSO says the 15-year-old girl was trying to help her two younger siblings swim when witnesses say she went under the water and didn't resurface.

Witness Jimmie Ogle told 3TV he heard someone screaming from the shore, pointing to the children who were struggling in the water. He said he jumped in a speed boat and raced out to help.

"I dove off the front of his boat, and I grabbed the two kids that were already going under," Ogle said. "They looked at me straight in the face, they went underwater. I grabbed ahold of them; I took them to shore. They said, 'My sister is still under there.'”

Ogle told 3TV he got back in the water to look for their sister, but it was too late.

"I'm devastated," Ogle said. "I tried my best to save all of them. I don't want to see a child die."

The Sheriff's Office says the teenager was not wearing a life jacket at the time.


 

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