Search for man at Lake Mead called off because of high winds

The National Park Service has suspended their search for a missing Chicago man last seen Thursday in Boulder Basin of Lake Mead near Sentinel Island, officials said.

The park service and Las Vegas police searched for seven hours until winds of up to 22 mph postponed the search until Saturday.

The man, identified by family as 35-year-old Istvan Tibor Feichtner , disappeared underwater, according to a 911 call placed at 4:19 p.m. to the Lake Mead National Recreation Interagency Communication Center. Witnesses reported that the man, who wasn’t wearing a lifejacket, started to struggle with high waves after jumping into the water.

About 10 people from the park service and Las Vegas Boat Harbor started to search Thursday where the man was seen. By 6:30 p.m., the search stopped because of worsening weather conditions, which included wind gusts of 23 mph and 3 to 4-foot tall waves.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the missing man,” park spokeswoman Christie Vanover said in a statement. “We will continue to do all we can to locate him.”

Authorities plan to continue the search tomorrow.

The incident remains under investigation.


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