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Body of missing Lake Mead swimmer recovered

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Updated: 7/26 1:42 pm

BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The body of a 30-year-old Las Vegas man who went missing July 22 was recovered today from Lake Mead around 8 p.m.

On July 22 at 11:52 a.m. the Lake Mead Interagency Communication Center received a call reporting that Dindo Gavarra jumped from a houseboat to swim to shore with others. When everyone got to shore, they noticed he was missing.

Members of the National Park Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department searched the area by air and water July 22 and 23.

Around 4 p.m. today, family members were searching the area with snorkel gear and discovered what they thought was a body underwater.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue Dive Team recovered the victim about 13 feet underwater and 75 feet from shore. He was not wearing a life jacket.

The Clark County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

The search continues for two other swimmers who went missing on July 20.

A 53-year-old Las Vegas man was last seen going underwater south of Willow Beach on Lake Mohave. Rangers continue to patrol the area by air and boat.

Crews are also looking for a 25-year-old Las Vegas man who was last seen going underwater near the Boulder Islands on Lake Mead. Volunteers from Earth Resource Group are planning to help with the search next week, using advanced underwater search equipment.

“We are thankful that family, friends and other volunteers have offered to help with the searches,” said Christie Vanover, public affairs officer, Lake Mead National Recreation Area. “Our goal is to find these missing men as quickly as possible, so the families may find some comfort during this tragic time.”

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