MCSO: Ex-Cubs pitcher drowns at Bartlett Lake - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

UPDATE

MCSO: Ex-Cubs pitcher drowns at Bartlett Lake

Bartlett Lake search (Source: CBS 5 News) Bartlett Lake search (Source: CBS 5 News)
The swimmer disappeared Sunday afternoon. (Source: CBS 5 News) The swimmer disappeared Sunday afternoon. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Frank Castillo (Source: El Paso Times) Frank Castillo (Source: El Paso Times)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

An ex-pitcher for the Chicago Cubs drowned at Bartlett Lake northeast of Phoenix Sunday, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.

The body of Frank Castillo, 44, was pulled from the water at 2:26 p.m. Monday after a jet skier saw it floating.

Castillo played for the Chicago Cubs from 1991 to 1997, the Colorado Rockies, the Detroit Tigers, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Boston Red Sox and the Florida Marlins.

The Red Sox held a moment of silence for Castillo before Monday night's game against Tampa Bay.

Sheriff's deputies said Castillo and one of his friends had rented a pontoon boat just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday and had been on the lake for only about an hour when the ex-ballplayer got into the water to go swimming.

A short time later the friend noticed the victim had not resurfaced and called 911.

MCSO's dive team searched for about two hours, but due to limited visibility and lighting conditions, scrubbed the operation until daylight.  

The dive team re-entered the water at about 8 a.m. Monday in what they classified as a recovery operation. Castillo's body was discovered some 6 1/2 hours later.

The sheriff's office said water in the area was about 25 feet deep and divers only had three-foot visibility.

Bartlett Lake is about 17 miles northeast of Carefree.

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

[Text BREAKING to 23765 to get news alerts on your mobile phone]

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • RAW VIDEO: North Forrest v. Lumberton

    RAW VIDEO: North Forrest v. Lumberton

  • Lumberton outlasts North Forrest, 12-8

    Lumberton outlasts North Forrest, 12-8

    Saturday, August 19 2017 12:59 AM EDT2017-08-19 04:59:32 GMT
    Davion Edwards ran for 124 yards and a touchdown Friday night in Lumberton High School’s 12-8 victory over North Forrest High School in Eatonville. The junior scored ripped off a 41-yard run that set up his 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as he scoried what turned out to be the game-winning points for the visiting Panthers. But Edwards’ biggest run was an 8-yard carry with less than 2 minutes left in the game and Lumberton facing a fourth-and-3 at the North Fo...More >>
    Davion Edwards ran for 124 yards and a touchdown Friday night in Lumberton High School’s 12-8 victory over North Forrest High School in Eatonville. The junior scored ripped off a 41-yard run that set up his 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as he scoried what turned out to be the game-winning points for the visiting Panthers. But Edwards’ biggest run was an 8-yard carry with less than 2 minutes left in the game and Lumberton facing a fourth-and-3 at the North Fo...More >>
  • Jefferson Davis County wins first game in program history

    Jefferson Davis County wins first game in program history

Powered by Frankly