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Date: June 20, 2013

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior


News Release For Immediate Release: June 20, 2013
Release No.: 2013-44
Contact: Christie Vanover, National Park Service, 702-283-2344


BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The National Park Service is searching for a 35-year-old Chicago man who was last seen in the water near Sentinel Island in the Boulder Basin of Lake Mead June 20. 

At 4:19 p.m., the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center received a 911 call reporting that the man disappeared underwater. Witnesses said he jumped into swim and began to struggle. He was not wearing a lifejacket. 

Approximately 10 people from the National Park Service and Las Vegas Boat Harbor began an immediate search from the point where he was last seen. Around 6:30 p.m., efforts were suspended due to unsafe weather conditions. Winds were gusting to 23 mph, causing 3-4-foot waves.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the missing man,” said Christie Vanover, park spokesperson. “We will continue to do all we can to locate him.” 

The National Park Service is coordinating with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue to resume the search at daybreak.

The incident is under investigation. 


Did You Know?

Hoover Dam In Take Towers

Lake Mead was named in honor of Dr. Elwood Mead. As Commissioner of Reclamation from 1924 - 1936, he drafted new specifications for a giant project that would dam the Colorado River and create the world's (at that time) largest artificial lake.