Man goes underwater, never surfaces in Lake Havasu
Reports say the man jumped out of the boat to go swimming and did not surface on Saturday.
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — The body of a man who failed to surface after jumping from a boat in Lake Havasu over the weekend was found by rescue teams a day later.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said the man disappeared Oct. 8 after jumping from a boar to go swimming and never surfaced. Crews searched the area where he disappeared on Saturday but could not locate the man.
The search continued on Sunday morning and divers were able to locate Michael Dean Phan, 47, in around 32ft of water around 11.15am using sonar technology.
Deputies say when Phan went underwater, winds were blowing at over 40mph and waves were over three feet.
While searching on Saturday, divers encountered zero visibility with tall trees on the bottom of the lake.
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