Body recovered from Lake Mead

The body of a 48-year-old California man was recovered from the waters of Lake Mead this morning, more than 18 hours after he jumped off of a houseboat without wearing a life jacket.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area spokesman Andrew Muñoz identified the man as Claude Finney of Los Angeles.

Divers with the Metropolitan Police Department found his body in 12 feet of water about 11 a.m.

Friends told authorities that Finney jumped in the water for a swim in Crescent Cove in the Virgin Basin of the lake. He swam about 30 feet from the boat and was treading water before calling out for help about 4:30 p.m., according to Muñoz.

He went underwater before his friends could reach him.

Park rangers searched the area Thursday until 7:30 p.m. Divers resumed the search Friday morning.

This is the second drowning in the recreation area this summer. An El Monte, Calif. man drowned in Lake Mohave on Memorial Day.

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