Search resumes for missing swimmers at Lake Mead

LAKE MEAD, Nev. - Search efforts resume Monday for two swimmers who disappeared in unrelated incidents at Lake Mead.

Park rangers suspended their searches Sunday night, but will resume Monday morning.

The first person disappeared Sunday before 12 p.m. at Lake Mohave, just south of Willow Beach. The National Park Service says a man jumped off a boat to go swimming and never resurfaced.

The second incident occurred Sunday shortly before 2:30 p.m. A man vanished while swimming near Boulder Islands.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Search and Rescue Dive Team aided both searches.

Rangers also rescued two people Sunday. A woman experienced trouble breathing while hiking in White Rock Canyon. Rangers located her and brought her to safety.

Another man nearly drowned while swimming at Ski Cove. Emergency crews air-lifted him to a nearby hospital for treatment.

None of the swimming victims were wearing life jackets, and winds were gusting between 20 to 30 miles per hour throughout the afternoon.

Unexpected conditions can cause even the best swimmers to struggle in the water.

According to the National Park Service, the number one cause of unintentional death at Lake Mead is drowning. In every drowning at Lake Mead in 2012 and 2013, the victims were not wearing life jackets.

If you don't own a life jacket, you can check one out for free at Lake Mead. They are available at Boulder Beach and Cottonwood Cove and come in sizes ranging from infant to adult.


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