Man Drowns In Roosevelt Lake

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It took Gila County dive teams almost three days to find the body of a 26-year-old Phoenix man who drowned May 26 in Roosevelt Lake.

The body of Jeremy James Turley was found about 11:30 a.m. May 28 in about 50 feet of water and nearly 280 feet from the shoreline.

Witnesses told Gila County Sheriff's deputies that Turley jumped into the water from a boat he was in with friends to cool off about 1:30 p.m. May 26. When wind pushed the boat away from where Turley was swimming, efforts by others to return the craft to where he was drowning -- off the Coyote Loop in Windy Hill -- were in vain.

Deputies Johnna Kemper and Craig Jones responded to the 911 call for help and immediately summoned the county dive team. Eight members began their search and recovery mission about 3 p.m. Friday and continued until dark. The following day, the search continued for 12 hours. Also assisting in the search were Arizona Game and Fish officers, the Globe Fire Department, Roosevelt Lake patrol officers and the Maricopa Dive Posse.

In another Memorial holiday incident, GCS deputies responded May 27 to search for an overdue boat. The boat, and its occupants, were found hours later stranded on Roosevelt Lake. The boat was towed into the marina. There were no injuries to the occupants.

Because of the incidents, Sheriff John R. Armer immediately issued a statement asking the public to be extremely careful when recreating on Roosevelt Lake.

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