PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Two brothers have died after possibly being electrocuted while in the water at Lake Pleasant on Sunday.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) says 53-year-old Timothy Miller and his brother, 50-year-old Michael Miller, along with their wives, were out on their boat over the weekend at Lake Pleasant. They had been seen by witnesses on a boat both Saturday and Sunday.

Then, on Sunday, at around 6:30 p.m., MCSO was called out to the lake for a report of unknown trouble. Deputies immediately found Michael unresponsive on the boat. He was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. His brother Timothy was still missing.

MCSO worked with witnesses to figure out what had happened. Deputies say the brothers and their wives had been on board the boat while it was docked at Scorpion Bay Marina. MCSO says Timothy had jumped into the water "for an unknown reason." But apparently, there was some type of electrical current in the water that caused him to go under. He did not resurface, according to MCSO.

When Timothy's brother Michael noticed his brother's distress, he jumped in the water after him, and he too, began to experience those same symptoms of a "possible electrical current," according to witnesses.

"Timothy goes in, he starts to have issues. His brother, Michael, immediately jumps in to the water to help him," said Sgt. Joaquin Enriquz with MCSO. "He also starts to experience some of these symptoms."

That's when one of the wives also jumped in the water to help. Bystanders in the area were able to pull the woman, as well as Michael, out of the water.

"I'm able to confirm that there is evidence that the Maricopa County Sheriff's office found either in the boat or in the area that could be a factor that leads to some type of electrical issue," said Enriquez.

The woman was taken to the hospital but her injuries are not life-threatening. 

Dive crews then began searching the area for Timothy. They located his body under a deck area at around 1 a.m. Monday.

The cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office. MCSO will continue to investigate as well. "We are doing testing; we are doing examination of the boats there at Lake Pleasant to determine factors that could've caused this tragic accident," said Enriquez."

 

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