Important Notice to Mariners
Lake Mead water elevations will be declining throughout the summer. Before launching, check lake levels, launch ramp conditions, changes to Aids to Navigation and weather conditions by clicking on More »
Areas of Park Impacted by Storm Damage
Strong storms rolled through Lake Mead National Recreation Area Aug. 3-4, causing damage to some areas of the park. Crews are working to restore the below locations. Debris may be present in other areas of the park, as well, especially in the backcountry. More »
Goldstrike Canyon, Arizona Hot Spring Trails Temporarily Closed
A temporary emergency closure is in place for Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, beginning Aug. 1. This closure includes National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation lands. More »
Summer Fire Rules in Effect
Lake Mead NRA is now enforcing summer fire restrictions. Please click 'more' to learn about the rules for fire during our hot, dry season. More »
Identities of Two Men Swept Away in the Las Vegas Wash June 17 Have Been Approved for Release by the Clark County Coroner 30-07
Contact: Roxanne Dey, 702.293.8691
The name of the victim that was swept away as he tried to cross the wash has been identified as Samuel Rosales, a 42-year-old Las Vegas man. The name of the second victim that was swept away as he tried to assist Mr. Rosales, is Rodwal E. Garcia, a 31-year-old Las Vegas man.
At this time the Clark County Coroner is still investigating the cause of death. When the cause has been identified, the Coroner’s office will release that information.
This is all the new information we have at this time.
On Monday, June 18, NPS Rangers and Metro Search and Rescue personnel recovered the bodies of the victims:
At about 4:30 p.m., Sunday, June 17, a call for help came into the NPS Dispatch Center reporting two men had been carried away by fast moving water in Las Vegas Wash. Two men and one woman had been fishing on the banks of the wash when one of the men tried to cross to the other side. A witness reported he appeared to be in some sort of distress and was carried away by the fast moving water. The second man entered the wash in an attempt to help the first man. Both men were carried downstream by the fast moving water in the wash.
NPS Rangers attempted a swift water rescue when one of the bodies became visible. Unfortunately, they were not able to reach the body. Additionally, the Metro Search and Rescue Team was called in to assist in the search effort. Metro rappelled from their rescue helicopter into the wash in another attempt to reach a body but were not able to reach the body before it went under the water. Nevada Department of Wildlife Wardens also provided on-the-water support by searching in the area where the wash enters Las Vegas Bay. The search continued until rescuers ran out of daylight at about 8 p.m.
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