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UTAH MAN DIES IN SCUBA DIVING ACCIDENT

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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-

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