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Husband and wife pulled from the waters of Lake Havasu

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Posted at 10:53 AM, Jul 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-22 14:44:44-04

A couple was pulled from the waters of Lake Havasu on Friday.

According to an investigation by Mohave County Sheriff's deputies, a boat occupied by two male adults, a female adult, and two young children, was floating in the area west of Crazy Horse Cove. The female, 41-year-old Esmeralda Gonzalez of Monrovia, California, jumped into the water to swim. She began to panic, so her husband, 44-year-old Raul Gonzalez, jumped in to rescue her.

Both were seen struggling in the water before going under the surface. Neither was wearing a life jacket.

Around 3:25 p.m., Mohave County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene after Esmeralda was pulled from the water into the boat of off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies. They administered CPR until officials arrived. Esmeralda was transferred from the boat to the docks where she was pronounced dead by Lake Havasu City Fire Department personnel.

Raul was found at the bottom of the lake around 3:45 p.m. in about 12 feet of water. He was also pronounced dead after being taken to the docks.

Autopsy results are still pending. Officials believe alcohol may be a factor in the deaths.