MCSO divers find body of missing person in Lake Pleasant

Divers with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office found the body of 52-year-old Lorne Jonassen on Tuesday evening.

Kahri Harrion, a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, said the divers discovered Jonassen’s body under 147 feet of water after he was reported missing on May 28.

Deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office first received reports of the incident at 11 a.m. Witnesses reported the man went underwater without a life jacket.

Harrion said the drowning showed no signs of foul play.

The incident follows five deaths that have taken place at the lake throughout April and May.

Safety tips for lake-goers

For swimmers, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation advises these safety tips:

  • Always swim with a partner. Swimming alone can be unsafe.

  • Never leave young children unattended near water, and do not ask another child to supervise your children near water.

  • Avoid distractions when supervising children near water.

  • If a child goes missing, always check the water first.

  • Non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device.

  • Protect your skin. While you’re busy cooling off and having fun in the water, your skin is also soaking in the sun. Apply and reapply sunscreen frequently.

  • Wear a hat and sunglasses to keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes.

  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty, to avoid dehydration. Just because you’re floating in a cove of water does not mean your skin is absorbing enough to maintain your body’s water levels. Avoid drinks containing caffeine and alcohol.

Republic reporter Angela Cordoba Perez contributed to this article.

Reach the reporter Perry Vandell at 602-444-2474 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @PerryVandell.

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