Authorities say a heart attack is to blame for the death of a 46-year-old man at Patagonia Lake State Park last weekend.
At approximately 8 a.m. on Sunday, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Larro Shave Mullen of Tucson had died after apparently suffering a heart attack while falling into the water.
Sheriff Antonio Estrada said rangers from Patagonia Lake State Park attempted CPR but Mullen was unresponsive. Nogales Suburban and Tubac Fire also responded.
“It’s good to have park rangers, especially ones that are trained to be first responders,” said Ellen Bilbrey of Arizona State Parks. “At least they get a chance,”
However, Addie Rivera of Tucson said it was she and other members of the public who tried to revive Mullen, not park rangers.
"They didn't do anything," Rivera said, adding that rangers kept their boat locked up at the dock while three private boats went to rescue Mullen from the water.
"They're just not prepared at all," she said of the rangers.
Estrada said Mullen was reportedly fishing with several juveniles in a boat when he fell into the water.
“The (Medical Examiner’s Office) will determine whether he died when he hit the water or whether he died as a result of drowning,” he said, adding that foul play was not suspected and that the death was accidental.