Boater disappears after jumping into lake after losing his hat, Arizona sheriff says

The search continues for a man who jumped from a boat into Lake Pleasant after missing a hat, Arizona sheriff's officials told news outlets.

The man, who was not wearing a life jacket, never resurfaced, Maricopa County sheriff's officials told KDVR.

He disappeared around 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, the sheriff's office told AZ Family.

The search for the missing boater continues, The Arizona Republic reported.

Lake Pleasant is about 45 miles north of Phoenix.

What you should know about drowning

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 4,000 people die from drowning in the United States each year, and drowning is a leading cause of death in children.

Some factors can increase the likelihood of drowning, including lack of swimming skills, lack of supervision, lack of a life jacket, and consumption of alcohol while recreating near or in the water.

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance says there are tips to help you stay safe in the water, including checking local weather conditions, never swimming alone and choosing the right equipment.

“Don’t hesitate to get out of the water if something doesn’t feel right,” the group said on its website. “Whether the current gets rough, it starts to rain, or your body just isn't responding the way you would like due to fatigue or muscle cramps, just walk away and return to the water another day. It’s always good to trust your instincts.”

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