Monday search concludes without recovering missing Lake Mohave swimmer

The National Park Service halted their search for a 23-year-old North Las Vegas man last seen in the water about a mile north of Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave on Sunday.

The search was suspended about 3 p.m. Monday, according to Lake Mead National Recreation Area spokeswoman Christie Vanover. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue crews are expected to resume Tuesday morning in what Vanover said would be a scaled back effort without the use of divers.

At 3:35 p.m. Sunday, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center received a report that a man went into the water and did not surface.

Witnesses said the man and two others jumped off a boat to go swimming and the boat drifted away.

Passengers on the boat were able to rescue two swimmers, but the third was not found. The missing man was not wearing a life jacket.

Nearly 10 people from the National Park Service and Nevada Department of Wildlife began an immediate search of the area until 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when it became too dark.

Search efforts resumed about 8:30 a.m. Monday. About 15 people from the National Park Service and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue are searching the area using side scan sonar and divers. The water in the area where the man was last seen is approximately 50-60 feet deep.

The National Park Service advises wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device at all times while in the water regardless of the water depth.

Contact Steven Slivka at SSlivka@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0264.


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