Aug 202012

MESA, AZ – Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that there is one drowning victim on the Salt River.

The incident occurred at the Mud Cliffs at Salt River around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Witnesses say that the victim 24-year-old John George of Chandler, was tubing on the river and was separated from his group.

He let go of his raft and attempted to swim up stream, but witnesses believe he went underneath the water as he got too tired to swim.

Deputies responding to the scene performed life saving measures until medical aid arrived.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the man may have been underwater for up to four minutes before being rescued.

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