Las Vegas Sun

November 26, 2020

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Woman goes missing after trying to help struggling swimmer at Lake Mead

A woman who jumped into the water at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Wednesday night to help a man who was drowning was missing Thursday afternoon, according to the National Park Service.

The incident was reported about 9:20 p.m. near the Special Events Beach, about 30 miles southwest of Las Vegas, officials said.

Six people on an “oversized inflatable flamingo” were “blown” into the lake, officials said.

A man jumped off the floater and began swimming to shore but began to struggle, officials said. That’s when several people, including the missing woman, jumped into the water to help him.

He was hospitalized, but information on his condition wasn’t released Thursday.

Officials said the wind was gusting about 30 mph at the time of the incident, warning about the dangers of the lake in such conditions.

Park rangers, the Boulder City Police Department and Metro Police responded and searched the lake by helicopter.

The search, which was suspended about 1 a.m. due to poor visibility, continued hours later, officials said. A dive team with Metro was assisting Thursday afternoon.