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Missing partygoer found alive near Lake Pleasant marina

MORRISTOWN, Ariz. — A man who went missing on Lake Pleasant for several hours overnight and well into Monday was found alive in the afternoon.

Dive teams, underwater robots and cadaver dogs all were involved in the search Sunday night and Monday morning.

Johnson first was reported missing around 11 p.m. Sunday night in the Humbug Cove area. Enriquez said a 911 call was received late Sunday night from a man saying he had not seen his friend for 10 minutes on the lake.

The caller stated they both were on a boat and had been drinking before rolling off the back of the boat and going under.

There was a party on the lake, and sheriff’s deputies requested that the vessels remain in place Sunday while they searched the area.

“They were at a rave-type party, and we don’t know if he got onto another boat,” Enriquez said Monday morning. “Because of the close proximity to the other boats, there is the possibility that he could have gotten onto another boat and is just somewhere else — however unlikely that is.”

The Humbug Cove search was problematic, Enriquez said, because the water is about 30- to 50-feet deep, and the bottom is covered with trees.

No other information on Johnson’s condition was immediately given.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.