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Metro recovers body at Lake Mead's Virgin Basin

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Updated: 6/24/2013 11:51 am
BOULDER CITY – Metro has recovered a body of a 30-year-old Las Vegas man who was last seen swimming Sunday in Lake Mead east of Callville Bay in the Virgin Basin.

At 2:01 p.m. Sunday, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center received a 911 call reporting that a man disappeared underwater. Witnesses said he was swimming in a small cove with friends and began to struggle. He was not wearing a lifejacket.

Officials from the National Park Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife and Callville Bay Marina began an immediate search from the point where he was last seen. After a thorough grid search of the cove, efforts were suspended around 4:30 p.m.

The National Park Service resumed the search at 6 a.m. today with assistance from the Nevada Department of Wildlife and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue.

Just before 10 a.m. Metro divers located a body. They recovered it from the water just before 11 a.m. The Clark County Medical Examiner will confirm the identity and determine the cause of death.

The victim was reportedly swimming with friends in the Virgin Basin without a lifejacket when he struggled and disappeared underwater. The National Park Service strongly encourages visitors to wear lifejackets while swimming, especially when high winds are forecast.

The National Park Service and Nevada Department of Wildlife are investigating the incident

– From news release
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