Wind causes problems for holiday boaters on Lake Mead

Windy weather conditions sunk or capsized six vessels in Lake Mead Wednesday.

More than 20 people were rescued from the water between noon and 3 p.m. by National Park Service rangers and volunteers, among other agencies, said Kevin Turner, park service spokesman. No one was injured.

Wind gusts reached 50 mph, at times, forming waves that washed vessels ashore or pushed them into rocks, requiring a tow.

“It’s been quite a day at this point,” said Turner, who suspected some boaters were surprised by the gusty winds.

Turner posted a Facebook message Wednesday afternoon warning people not to launch their boats and to wear life jackets if they went into the water.

One man sustained a leg injury unrelated to the capsizings and was transported to University Medical Center Wednesday afternoon, Turner said. His condition wasn’t immediately available.

About 500,000 visitors were expected in parks at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave in Arizona over the 10-day period that included the Fourth of July holiday, Turner added.

Contact Kristi Jourdan at or 702-455-4519.

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