Arnold M. Knightly, Boulder City Review
A 36-year-old man and his 3-year-old son drowned Sunday at Six Mile Cove at Lake Mohave, the National Park Service announced.
Neither were wearing a life preserver when found. Their identities have not been released.
It is the third and fourth drowning at Lake Mead National Recreation Area this year, all coming in the past few weeks. All were not wearing a personal flotation device.
Park rangers received a 911 call at approximately 11:18 a.m. that two people were floating nearly 25 yards off shore.
Bystanders pulled the pair from the water and began CPR during the 15 minutes it took park rangers and park medics to arrive and take over emergency medical care.
The adult male was declared dead at the scene while the child was airlifted to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where the male child later died.
The drownings come as Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Boulder City and Las Vegas are under an excessive heat watch through Thursday morning. The National Weather Service projects temperatures along the Colorado River to reach 114 degrees to 119 degrees.
Six Mile Cove near Searchlight is a popular area of Lake Mohave with a lot of shore line recreation, the park service said.
The National Park Service advices parents to have their children wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device anytime while in or near the water regardless of depth.
The first drowning of the young summer season happened June 20 when 23-month-old Jacob Carter of Henderson drowned in the area of the Las Vegas Boat Harbor. The drowning was ruled an accident by the Clark County coroner’s office.
The second drowning happened June 28 when 28-year-old Antonio Tucker, a staff sergeant and crew chief with the 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base at Indian Springs, jumped into Boulder Bay at Lake Mead for a swim without a life jacket.
With the two recent drownings, 60 people have drowned at Lake Mead Recreation Area since 2007, the highest rate for any lake system in the country.