One dead, 15 others rescued at Lake Mead Sunday - 8 News NOW

One dead, 15 others rescued at Lake Mead Sunday

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LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- One person died and more than 15 other people were rescued in separate incidents at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Sunday.

According to the park service, a 30-year-old man from Mexico City died in a single-car crash along Northshore Road. The victim was not wearing a seat belt and Nevada Highway Patrol says speed could be a contributing factor to the crash.

Rangers also rescued two children from near drowning. A 12-year-old boy is now in critical condition after being pulled from the water near Cottonwood East on Lake Mohave. He was not wearing a life jacket.

A 5-year-old girl is in fair condition after being pulled from the water at Special Events Beach. According to witnesses, the girl was playing on a knee board when the wind carried her about 200 yards from shore and blew her off her board. She was not wearing a life jacket. Two bystanders tried to rescue her but were flipped off their personal watercraft by the wind. A ranger reached the girl just as she went under and brought her out of about four feet of water. Game wardens helped rescue the bystanders.

There were also people rescued from disabled watercraft and vehicles. There were also several medical emergencies, including a 23-year-old man who was rescued after being injured while hiking along the Gold Strike Canyon Trial.

Rangers are reminding people of basic safety tips to prevent accidents at the lake:

  • Wear a life jacket when swimming at the lake
  • Do not use pool toys at the lake. The wind can carry the toys away, taking swimmers beyond their limits
  • Make sure there is always someone on the watercraft who knows how to operate it
  • Check the weather, 20 mile-per-hour wind gusts can make boating and swimming hazardous
  • Because of the heat, hiking is not recommended June through September
  • Carry extra fuel, food and water on board a boat, because rangers may not respond quickly to disabled boats and non-emergencies because of increase in emergency calls during the summer

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