BODY RECOVERED IN VIRGIN BASIN
National Park Service
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
News Release For Immediate Release: June 24, 2013
BODY RECOVERED AT LAKE MEAD
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Officials have recovered a body from the area where a 30-year-old Las Vegas man went missing June 23 at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
A thorough grid search was conducted that afternoon in the cove where the victim was last scene, but was called off due to high winds.
The National Park Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue resumed search operations June 24 around 6 a.m.
Just before 10 a.m. Metro divers located a body. They recovered it from the water just before 11 a.m. The Clark County Medical Examiner will confirm the identity and determine the cause of death.
The victim was reportedly swimming with friends in the Virgin Basin without a lifejacket when he struggled and disappeared underwater. The National Park Service strongly encourages visitors to wear lifejackets while swimming, especially when high winds are forecast.
The National Park Service and Nevada Department of Wildlife are investigating the incident.
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