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Tragedy Strikes as Man Drowns While Attempting to Retrieve Basketball from Mesa Lake

MESA, [Date] – In a devastating turn of events, a man lost his life after venturing into a lake in Mesa, Arizona to retrieve a basketball but failed to resurface.

Witnesses at the scene alerted Mesa Fire and Medical Services, informing them that the man had entered the water but never made it back to safety.

The incident occurred near the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa.

According to Mesa Police, the man had offered to jump into the nearby lake to retrieve the basketball, which had been lost during a game.

He managed to reach approximately halfway across the lake before he was last seen.

First responders and authorities are emphasizing the dangers of entering bodies of water like this.

“These first responders are urging people not to enter waters like this because you never know what you’re swimming into,” stated one of the witnesses, Jeffrey Reynolds.

He expressed his sadness for the family involved, saying, “I think it’s sad and for whoever the family is here, um yeah, it’s gonna be a depressing, sad moment.”

The basketball court, where the game was being played, is situated just a stone’s throw away from the lake where the tragedy occurred.

Mesa Police stressed that this lake should not be used for recreational purposes or swimming due to the potential risks involved.

As authorities continue their investigation, the Mesa community mourns the loss of an individual who was trying to perform a good deed for the people playing the basketball game.

The identity of the man has not been disclosed at this time.

This unfortunate incident serves as a somber reminder of the hazards associated with water-related activities.

It highlights the importance of exercising caution and adhering to safety guidelines to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.

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