At 9 AM on Saturday, February 12th, officials were alerted to an area 120 yards away from Wadell Dam where a canoe had flipped and thrown over the three men that were on it.
The three individuals, who have yet to be identified, were found by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies. CPR was performed on two who had drowned, though they were not able to be resuscitated. The third man was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover as their injuries were non-life-threatening.
Officials have released few details regarding the deadly accident. For instance, it is not clear if the men were wearing personal floatation devices (PFEs) when they were on the canoe, nor is it clear if they rented the canoe or if it was owned by one of the men. Other visitors to Lake Pleasant on that day noted that conditions were very windy yet little else is known regarding the lake's conditions or what could have caused the canoe to overturn.
In August of 2021, a man was rescued after he nearly drowned while swimming across the shoreline of Lake Pleasant. More than a year before then, two brothers drowned after an improperly modified electrical system caused them to be electrocuted.
The team at Aquatic Attorneys has practiced law for many years, focusing on the representation of personal injury victims and families bereaved by the loss of their loved ones following drowning accidents. We understand how devastating it can be to lose a loved one in a drowning incident, or as the result of another person's actions. At our law firm, we provide legal representation to those injured or whose family members have died as a victim of fatal aquatic accidents and incidents caused by negligent behavior.
We know that when drowning incidents occur, it's normal for victims and surviving family members to ask themselves questions about taking legal action. With our experience and expertise we are able to guide you through the complex liability laws and help answer all your questions — from "What is an at-fault party?" (the person who is held legally responsible for causing harm to another person) and "What am I entitled to claim?" (that depends on your case, such as physical injuries, lost wages, medical costs and other losses) — so you can figure out whether it's time to hire a personal injury attorney.
If you have lost a loved one in a drowning accident or incident caused by the actions of another person, Aquatic Attorneys can help. Call us for your free case evaluation today to find out what recourse you may have under state law if your family member died as the result of someone else's negligence.
There are many types of fatal aquatic accidents that can occur both during organized events and routine activities at lakes, beaches, rivers, and oceans every year. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reports that there are about 10 preventable fatal drownings each day in the United States and that about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 years and younger.
No matter how careful we try to be when around water — whether it's swimming at the beach or boating on a lake — we recognize that accidents can happen. When they do, life as you know it can change in an instant.
At Aquatic Attorneys, we're here to guide you through every step of your case. We understand how difficult it is during these times and will take care of all the heavy lifting so you don't have to deal with the legal system alone.
If you've lost a loved one in a drowning accident caused by someone else's negligence, call us today to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about representing your family for wrongful death litigation purposes.