The older brother of a teenager who died Saturday in Bartlett Lake said the lake had nearly killed his brother as a child.
Years ago, there was a “similar situation” to the incident that killed 17-year-old Pablo Salgado on Saturday, according to Salgado’s brother, Javier Salazar.
Salazar said his then-11-year-old brother was struggling in the water at Bartlett Lake, and he saved him.
“That’s why I wish I could have been there this time,” Salazar said, alluding to the fact that he did not attend the lake with his family.
Pablo was at Rattlesnake Cove for his baptism, and was swimming in advance of the ceremony Salazar said.
Pablo went underwater and didn’t resurface, according to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chris Hegstrom.
Authorities were alerted at 9:40 a.m.
An MCSO dive team found Pablo’s body at approximately 12:30 p.m., Hegstrom said.
Contrary to what witnesses told authorities on scene, Pablo was not a strong swimmer, Salazar said.
He said he wishes he would have had a chance to save his brother for a second time at Bartlett Lake.
“Maybe if I would have gone… things would have been different,” Salazar said.