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FATALITY: SWIMMER PRESUMED DROWNED AT BOULDER BASIN

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Date: August 24, 2012
Contact: Kevin Turner, 702-293-8712

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2012
Release No.: 2012-33
Contact: Kevin Turner 702-293-8712

FATALITY: SWIMMER PRESUMED DROWNED AT BOULDER BASIN

LAS VEGAS - On August 20, 2012, at approximately 9:39 PM, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center received a phone call from the Boulder City Police Department requesting assistance for a resident who had not returned from a swim in Lake Mead. Rangers performed a search but were not successful in locating the individual.

At 11:11 AM Tuesday, the Interagency Communication Center received a report from Lake Mead Marina personnel of what appeared to be a body floating about 20 feet from shore. Park rangers recovered the remains and turned them over to the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner's office for identification and cause of death. The victim matched the description of the individual who had gone missing the night before.

The victim was not wearing a life jacket when he was recovered. The National Park Service advises wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times while in the water regardless of the water depth.

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