The recovery operation during its earliest stages at Butcher Jones Recreational Area on Saguaro Lake. (Source: Allyson Blair, cbs5az.com)
The girl's body was found about 30 to 50 feet from shore. (Source: Allyson Blair, cbs5az.com)
TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, AZ (CBS5) -
The body of a 10-year-old girl who had spent part of Easter rafting with her cousins was pulled from Saguaro Lake on Sunday afternoon.
The girl and two cousins, ages 12 and 16 years old, were on an inner tube about 1:30 p.m. when the 10-year-old lost her grip on a handle and the tube flipped, tossing all three girls into the water, said Maricopa Sheriff's Deputy Joaquin Enriquez.
The inner tube floated away and the two girls screamed for help, which were heard by a family member and another person on Butcher Jones Beach, Enriquez said.
They jumped into the water and rescued the two girls, but the third never resurfaced in the water about 19 miles east of Fountain Hills, Enriquez said.
Divers began searching the lake about 3:10 p.m. and the girl's body was found a little more than an hour later about 30 to 50 yards from shore, Enriquez said.
Neither the 10-year-old nor 12-year-old could swim, Enriquez said, and none of the girls wore life vests.
The girl was with her parents, brothers and other family members from south Phoenix.
Enriquez said there incident was simply an accident and no foul play was involved.
The name of the victim has not been released.
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