- Associated Press - Monday, July 24, 2017

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say life jackets are essential for anyone on a boat regardless of age following the drowning deaths of two people in Lake Havasu.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department says 41-year-old Esmeralda Gonzalez and 44-year-old Raul Gonzalez of Monrovia, California, died Friday after jumping into the water without life jackets.

The department says Arizona law only requires kids 12 and under to wear life jackets but everyone who gets on a boat should wear them anyway.

Authorities say the woman jumped into the water and began to panic. Her husband jumped in to help but was also seen struggling in the water. Their bodies were found shortly after. Local authorities say alcohol may have been a factor.

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