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Park Service Plans Daily Search for Missing Boaters

Park Service Plans Daily Search for Missing Boaters

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LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- The National Park Service plans to conduct daily searches at Lake Mead for two fishermen missing since their capsized boat was found last week.

The men, along with a third man, were on a boating trip when they disappeared. Family members contacted police February 20 when they could not reach their loved ones.

Rangers found the boaters' capsized watercraft at Echo Bay on the morning of February 21. They found the body of one of the boaters - 48-year-old Oscar Dixon of North Las Vegas - a half a mile away from the capsized boat Friday afternoon. Authorities say he was not wearing a life jacket.

Several search parties will resume the search for the other two men Monday morning. Approximately 100 people have joined the search effort.

"We always maintain hope that somehow we're able to find them," said Lake Mead National Recreation Area spokesperson Christie Vanover. "Our hope is that they made it to land. We'll see if they can locate them there."

The National Park Service and Nevada Department of Wildlife contributed six boats for the search. Metro Police provided two helicopters. Volunteers walked several miles over the weekend in search of the missing boaters.

Red Rock Search and Rescue crews are also asking fisherman on the lake to keep an eye out.

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