• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • I-15 REOPENED, LAKE MEAD ENTRANCE FEES TO RESUME SUNDAY

    The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened a northbound and southbound lane of Interstate 15 Sept. 12; therefore, Lake Mead National Recreation Area entrance fees will resume Sept. 14. More »

  • 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 »

UTAH MAN DIES IN SCUBA DIVING ACCIDENT

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: October 4, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release

For Immediate Release: October 4, 2012
Release No.: 2012-49
Contact: Christie Vanover 702-283-2344

UTAH MAN DIES IN APPARENT SCUBA DIVING ACCIDENT

BOULDER CITY, Nev. - Xavier Fleuranceau, a 48-year-old Utah man, died Sept. 29 of unknown causes while scuba diving in the Black Canyon area of Lake Mead.

At 12:47 p.m. Sept. 29, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center received a marine band radio distress call, reporting a diver floating face down in the water.

National Park Service Rangers and the Nevada Department of Wildlife responded to the scene and started CPR but were unable to resuscitate the diver. Paramedics declared Fleuranceau dead at 1:46 p.m.

According to witnesses, Fleuranceau was a mixed gas dive instructor who was diving with a group at depths around 350 feet when he ran out of air. His dive partner shared a spare tank as the two began to ascend. At some point, Fleuranceau separated from the safety line and performed a free ascent without gas. The other divers ascended using normal decompression without incident.

National Park Service Rangers are handling the investigation, and the dive equipment is being inspected. The Clark County Coroner's Office is conducting an autopsy.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Poppies in the Nellis Wash Wilderness

"Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them." -- John Updike