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Two possible drowning victims, Cottonwood Cove

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Date: July 8, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior


For Immediate Release: July 8, 2012
Release No.: 2012-26
Contact: Randy Lavasseur 702-423-2596

(UPDATE) Possible drowning's: Two possible drowning victims in the area of
Cottonwood Cove

LAS VEGAS - On July 8, 2012, at approximately 11:18 am, The Interagency
Communication Center received 911 calls reference two people, a 36 year old
male and a 3 year old child who were found floating in the water.

Bystanders observed the two subjects floating approximately 25 yards off of
the shoreline at Six Mile Cove who were not wearing personal flotation
devices. They removed the two subjects from the water and additional
bystanders began CPR. Park Rangers responded within 15 minutes and took
over emergency medical care with the assistance of Park Medics. The male
adult did not survive despite the efforts of bystanders and National Park
Service personnel. The child was airlifted to the University Medical Center
in Las Vegas, Nevada. The child did not survive. He was the son of the
adult male.

Six Mile Cove is a heavily populated area of the park with a lot of shore
line recreation. The National Park Service advises parents protect their
children by having them wear a US Coast Guard approved personal flotation
device anytime while recreating in the water regardless of the waters


Randy Lavasseur
Assistant Chief Ranger
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Office: 702.293.8817
601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, Nevada 89005

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