MCSO: Man dead after walking off cliff into Lake Pleasant

A man died after falling off a cliff near the north end of Lake Pleasant.

PEORIA, Ariz. - A man who fell an estimated 40 to 50 feet into Lake Pleasant Monday night has died, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

According to MCSO, preliminary information showed the man, 24-year-old William Ward, was "extremely intoxicated" and accidentally walked off the cliff. He had been walking around a campfire which was close to the cliff’s edge.    

A boat took Ward to the docks while his brother and the boat's operator performed CPR, MCSO said. Ward was pronounced dead once they reached the docks.

MCSO said it's uncertain whether the cause of death is by drowning or trauma sustained in the fall. 

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