Friends and family of a Monrovia husband and wife Sunday were mourning their drowning deaths in a Lake Havasu City, Arizona tragedy, despite the efforts of two off- duty Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies.
Officials said alcohol may have been a factor when Raul Gonzalez, 44, jumped into the water to save his 41-year-old old wife, Esmeralda who was desperately trying to stay afloat.
They were pronounced dead at the Crazy Horse Docks, according to ABC15 in Phoenix.
The couple were on a boat floating Friday afternoon just west of the Crazy Horse Cove when Esmeralda Gonzales jumped into the water without a life jacket to swim. She began to panic, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office told ABC15.
Her husband, Raul Gonzalez, then jumped into the water without a life jacket to rescue her, deputies said. Both reportedly were seen struggling in the water before they went under.
The woman was pulled out of the water just before 3:30 p.m. and off- duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were performing CPR on her at the Crazy Horse Docks when firefighters arrived and pronounced her dead, the sheriff’s office said. Raul Gonzalez was found a short time later in about 12 feet of water.
Another adult and two young children were on the boat at the time of the drownings, and deputies said alcohol may have been a factor.
—City News Service