The body of a 21-year-old man who went missing after his jet ski collided with a fishing boat Saturday evening has been recovered from Saguaro Lake, officials say.
Divers discovered Joshua Slade’s body at about 1:30 a.m. Monday.
Maricopa County sheriff’s Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez said Slade was operating a jet ski at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday near a boat ramp when he rode into the path of a fishing boat, causing the boat to “travel over the jet ski.”
Slade was ejected from the craft and didn’t resurface from the water.
The man operating the fishing boat immediately called 911 and began searching for Slade after the impact.
Enriquez said Slade’s friend told officials that he wasn’t wearing a life vest at the time because he was getting one last ride in before placing the jet ski on its trailer.
According to Enriquez, the driver of the boat did not show any signs of impairment and Slade had not consumed alcohol prior to the collision.
A GoFundMe page for Slade’s memorial expenses says that he had an unforgettable laugh and was loving, sweet, kind and always willing to serve everyone.
The page states that Slade is survived by five other siblings and that he is the second son that the family has lost.
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