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2 Valley men drown in separate incidents

7/6/97


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The deaths raise to 10 the number of drownings the sheriff's office has responded to this year.

A 32-year-old Peoria man drowned Monday after becoming tired while swimming at Lake Pleasant.

Shane Campbell became weary after jumping out of the boat he and his family were in about 2 p.m. Monday to swim around.

Deputy Dave Moyer, a sheriff's department spokesman, said Campbell became fatigued and called to his wife. She threw him a rope, but Campbell was unable to reach it.

She then jumped into the water leaving three young children alone in the boat, but became tired herself and left her husband when she noticed the boat drifting. Moyer said she was unable to reach the craft, but swam to shore, where the boat had drifted.

She returned to where she last saw her husband, but was unable to locate him.

Sheriff's divers called off the search for the body Sunday at about 8 p.m., but Moyer said the search would resume this morning.

The body of a second drowned man was recovered Monday by an off-duty Tempe fire fighter who was pleasure diving on the Salt River near Blue Point Bridge.

Rubin D. Gallegos, 32, was tubing with friends Sunday when he disappeared, said Dave Trombi, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

"We didn't know if he got into a situation where he was hurt or if he left and no one saw him," Trombi said.

Gallegos, of Chandler, was the third drowning victim at the river this season.

Trombi said Gallegos was reported missing early Monday morning. Investigators are unsure why there was a gap between the disappearance and the report.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Written by: Timothy Tait & Christina Leonard
©Copyright 1999 Arizona Republic

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