Officials issue warnings about drownings in Lake Mead National Recreation Area

National Park Service officials are urging the public to remain cautious after two drownings resulted in fatalities over the past weekend at the Lake Mead National Reaction Area.

After two drownings in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, officials are warning visitors to be cautious.

National Park Service announced Friday that fatalities took place over the weekend.

19 deaths have occurred in this area, which is located at the border of Nevada and Arizona.

In a press release, Acting Superintendent Mike Gauthier stated that “Two additional people drowned in Lake Mead NRA. That’s 19 deaths this year. A sad trend we wish to change.” “We continue to see multiple incidents and accidents on land and in the water.”



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span v-1fd77e21 =””>People pose for photos in front a sign welcoming guests to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada on July 1, 2022. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Boaters were caught unawares by the monsoon wind that swept across the region, causing dangerous conditions on the waters.

Strong winds have also been noted to blow swimmers and their pool toys or paddleboards out of designated swimming areas into the lake.



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(Ethan Miller/Getty Images) A boat cruises past mineral-stained rock formations at The Narrows, upstream from the Hoover Dam, on July 28, 2022 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Authorities have stated that lifejackets can save lives, and that pool toys should be “prohibited” and “dangerous” when the wind blows swimmers off or they deflate or pop.

In the release, officials noted that they see dangerous boating practices every day including alcohol and driving as well as heat-related illnesses.

Monsoon weather is unpredictable and can include rain, wind, and other elements.

span v-1fd77e21 =””> A visitor rides a personal-watercraft while people swim near the boat on July 28, 2022 in Boulder Basin, Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Gauthier said, “We want to ensure that all our visitors have a positive and rewarding experience at Lake Mead (National Recreation Area), and we want them to return home safely.”

Lake Mead’s water level has dropped over the last year due to the Colorado River reservoir receding behind Hoover Dam because of drought and global warming.


This report was contributed by The Associated Press.

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