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83-year-old woman dies after being thrown off boat at Lake Pleasant

Crews were called out to the marina near Waddell Canyon after several people, including an 83-year-old woman, were thrown off a boat.

PEORIA, Ariz. — For the third weekend in a row, first responders were called out to an incident at Lake Pleasant.

Police and firefighters were called out to the marina near Waddell Canyon on Sunday after several people, including an 83-year-old woman, were thrown off a boat due to strong waves.

The woman was struggling in the water, and nearby witnesses were able to pull her out of the water and start treatment.

She was rushed to a hospital where she later died, according to authorities.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Officer identified her as Rosario Benitez on Tuesday.

Windy conditions were a factor in the incident, deputies say.

It’s the third incident in as many weeks at the lake.

A man went swimming near Sunset Ridge when he went under on May 1. The man, who still hasn’t been identified, drowned, and his body was found 25 feet underwater the following day.

On April 24, 20-year-old Neria Aranbayev was with a group of people in the Agua Fria area when he swam to shore and disappeared when he tried to swim back to their boat.

Search and rescue crews found Aranbayev’s body the next day.

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