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Structures damaged, paddle boarders rescued after rough day of weather on Lake Pleasant

Posted at 9:14 AM, Jul 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-15 15:03:42-04

A stormy Friday on Lake Pleasant resulted in a busy day for deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. 

Around 4:30 p.m. the Lake Pleasant area was hit with a large storm that produced high winds and choppy water. MCSO said multiple boats and other personal watercraft were damaged in the storm, with some totaled. 

Deputies say they performed several rescues on victims in the water because of the storm. No significant injuries or deaths were reported, according to MCSO. 

Incident #1

Around this time, two women in their 50's were paddle boarding on the lake near Jet Ski Point. Deputies say both were overcome by the waves from the storm and were rescued by Lake Patrol deputies. 

MCSO says one of the women was wearing a flotation device, the other was not at the time of the incident. One of the women suffered life-threatening injuries from nearly drowning, she was taken to the hospital and her condition was later upgraded after being treated. She is expected to make a full recovery, according to MCSO. 

The second woman did not suffer any injuries and refused medical attention after being rescued. 

Incident #2

Before the storm hit, MCSO said three juveniles left from the Four Lane Boat Ramp operating a WaveRunner personal water craft. After the storm hit, the parents had reportedly lost sight of the juveniles because of the distance they traveled out onto the lake and the storm conditions. 

After they didn't return, the parents reported the juveniles missing. MCSO said the three were overcome by the storm but managed to steer the water craft towards the shoreline at Fireman's Cove. Before deputies arrived to search for the juveniles, a family member used a WaveRunner to locate them on shore at Fireman's Cove. 

The family member transported one of the juveniles back while Lake Patrol deputies recovered the other two and took them back to their family. All three were evaluated by medical personnel and were found to be in good health. 

Storm damage

Following the storm on Friday, MCSO said the Lake Pleasant area suffered some significant damage. A power outage was reported at the Operations Center and the Scorpion Bay Marina. The roof was also partially ripped off from atop the restaurant at the Scorpion Bay Marina. 

Deputies say the storms damaged the boat lift in the MCSO boat house and also flipped the concrete breakwater upside down. 

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