Las Vegas police believe a body that was recovered Wednesday at Lake Mohave may be the teen boy who jumped from a 20-foot cliff to help another swimmer, an official said.
National Park Service officials got the call about noon Wednesday saying the boy had jumped into the water near Placer Cove, Lake Mead National Recreation Area spokeswoman Christie Vanover said.
Witnesses said the other swimmer made it to safety. The water below the cliff is about 65 feet deep.
Police spokesman Lt. Nick Farese confirmed about 7:30 p.m. that a body had been recovered by the Search and Rescue Dive Team. Sonar was used to locate the body underwater.
Metro spokesman Jesse Roybal said the National Park Service called at 12:09 p.m. for assistance near Nelson’s Landing. Park Service rangers were searching the area by land, water and air.
Vanover said the area is popular for cliff jumping, an activity that is highly discouraged because it is dangerous.
The Clark County coroner’s office will confirm the victim’s identity and determine the cause of death.
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