LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– A man who drowned Friday, Sept. 2 near the Cottonwood Cove area of Lake Mohave has been identified as 44-year-old Travis DeWayne Williams.

According to Lake Mead National Recreation Area officials, Williams, of Las Vegas, had been seen at around 2 p.m. that day struggling to swim back to his boat. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Officials said that Williams was unable to secure any of multiple life jackets thrown to him by other boaters and drowned.

A dive team searched the area shortly after but was unable to continue due to heavy winds in the area. Search and rescue efforts resumed on Saturday morning until his body was found at around 11 a.m.

The National Weather Service had issued a warning about gusty winds blowing through the area of Lake Mead and Lake Mohave that Friday afternoon, including winds at speeds of up to 40 mph that could pose threats to paddlers and boaters.