Pima County Sheriff's Department

1750 E. Benson Highway
Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 351-4600
In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

Press Release

19 Year Old Drowns on Mt. Lemmon

Sent on 8/23/2012 9:03:16 AM

On August 21, 2012, at approximately 5:30 p.m., deputies responded to a possible drowning at Rose Canyon Lake. The 19 year old male victim, now identified as Jacob Barlow, was last seen as he submerged in the lake approximately 15 feet off the shoreline. Mr. Barlow was swimming in Rose Canyon Lake with friends when he said he needed help then went under. A bystander who was present, went into the water in an attempt to locate Mr. Barlow but was unsuccessful. The bystander then went to an area where he could get cell phone reception and called 9-1-1. The first deputy was on scene within 30 minutes. After assessing the situation, and the amount of time that had past, it was determined that it was unsafe for the deputy to enter the water and try to find Mr. Barlow. Search and Rescue deputies were on scene and determined that it was not safe to put Rescue Divers into the water at night. The Sheriff’s Department remained on scene throughout the night and planned to resumed the search after daybreak. Due to bad weather and lightning, the search was not able to resume until early afternoon. Once the bad weather subsided, the Pima County Search and Recovery Divers were able to go into the water and start searching for Mr. Barlow. His body was successfully located in the area where he was last seen. There were no signs of foul play and it is believed that this was a tragic accident.


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