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MCSO: Body of missing diver found in Lake Pleasant

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PEORIA, AZ (CBS5) -

The body of a missing diver at Lake Pleasant has been found, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Lake Patrol Division and the Phoenix Police Department found the body of 63-year-old Nathan Allen Sheffel in approximately 248 feet of water near the Old Dam using remotely operated underwater vehicles.

MCSO and Peoria Fire Department officials said four people were diving off a pontoon boat near Waddell Dam and only three resurfaced.

Sheffel was last seen about 1:45 p.m. Thursday "rapidly descending" to depths below 170 feet and deputies were called to search about 3:30 p.m., according to MCSO spokesman Christopher Hegstrom.

Deputies said Sheffel was an experienced diver and had 140 minutes of oxygen in his tanks, MCSO said.

"At this point, it is unknown if the diver is missing as a result of equipment failure or due to a medical issue," Hegstrom said.

A deputy said remotely operated underwater vehicles with sonar and cameras were used to search the area that is very rocky and is the site of an old imploded bridge that left a lot of rebar exposed.

The search for the Sheffel was called off about 11 p.m. Thursday and resumed about 8 a.m. Friday.

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.

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