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April 16, 2001

A 17-year-old boy drowned at Apache Lake on Sunday, the second Salt River drowning over Easter holiday weekend.

The boy, Raymoundo Cuevas of Phoenix, was airlifted to Valley Lutheran Hospital in Mesa after emergency crews were unable to revive him, Maricopa County sheriff's Sgt. Don Rosenberger said. Cuevas was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Rosenberger said Cuevas may have drowned due to cramping caused by a heavy lunch he ate before swimming.

Friends at the lake said that Cuevas knew how to swim, Rosenberger said, and officials do not believe that alcohol was a factor.

Rosenberger said Cuevas was playing ball about 10 feet from shore with a friend. At one point, Cuevas started off after the ball, and his friend followed with a float.

Cuevas got on the float, but then fell off and slipped beneath the surface of the water, Rosenberger said. Another friend dove after Cuevas, ultimately pulled him to the surface and started CPR. Deputies were called to the lakeside scene near the Burnt Corral picnic area, but were unable to revive him, Rosenberger said.

On Saturday, an unidentified 29-year-old man drowned in the Salt River while he was swimming near the Granite Reef Diversion Dam.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Byline: By Jaimee Rose, The Arizona Republic
©Copyright 2001 Arizona Republic

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