Peoria, AZ – In what authorities are calling an “electrocution incident”, 2 brothers died and 1 female injured at Lake Pleasant National Park Sunday evening.
Fox News reports that sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at Scorpion Bay Marina around 6:30 pm local time – originally thought to be a drowning – and discovered there was an electric current in the water and had to secure the dock before entering the lake.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference that 53-year-old Timothy Miller and his brother, 50-year-old Michael Miller, were out with their girlfriend and wife on a boat over the weekend at Lake Pleasant, located north of Phoenix.
Reportedly, Timothy jumped into the water “for an unknown reason” and experienced what is believed to be some type of electrical current in the water, according to Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez.
Timothy’s girlfriend then also jumped in to help Michael, but she started experiencing the same symptoms.
As the 53-year-old went underwater, bystanders pulled Michael and the girlfriend out.
Michael was transported to an area hospital, where he later was pronounced dead. Timothy’s body was located by a dive team under a deck during the early morning hours on Monday.
Peoria Fire Captain Mario Bravo told reporters, ” At that time we knew the water was energized and none of our firefighters were to go in it until we could secure the electricity to the dock.”
Once the dock was secured after a few minutes, rescue crews were able to assist those near the dock.
No officials were hurt responding to the scene.