66°F
weather icon Clear

Search for missing Lake Mead boaters scaled back

A National Park Service official said searches have been scaled back to routine patrols in a Lake Mead area where two Las Vegas-area fishermen were reported missing from a capsized boat more than two weeks ago.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area spokeswoman Christie Vanover said Tuesday that rangers are continuing air and water patrols near where the boat and body of a third man were found Feb. 22.

The service has not identified the missing men.

Authorities say they were reported missing late Feb. 21 after they didn’t call in for the night.

The body of Oscar Dixon Jr., 48, of North Las Vegas was found the next day about a half-mile from the overturned 16-foot fiberglass boat a few miles from Echo Bay on the lake’s Overton Arm.

Longtime dive instructor Steve Schafer, who has helped recover drowning victims from Lake Mead, said there isn’t much more the service can do at this point. The search area is just too large to cover all of it with remote-controlled submarines and divers, he said

“It’s tough enough (to find someone) when you have a 911 call or an eyewitness,” said Schafer, who owns a marine salvage company called Earth Resource Group. “In this case, there’s just no point last seen; there’s just no good point last seen. Where do you start from?”

Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Henry Brean contributed to this report.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Birthday Worth Celebrating

Noel Tipon, left, of Kailua, Hawaii, accepts a cupcake from Thomas Valencia, a ranger at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, as the park celebrated its 55th birthday Tuesday, Oct. 8. Joining in the cake cutting ceremonies was park ranger Matt Caire.

Boulder Beach camp area gets renovation; lake trails reopen

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is undergoing some improvements as one of its campgrounds is being renovated and three of its trails have reopened after being closed because of safety concerns.

Excessive heat warning issued

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued an excessive heat warning for the area for the next few days.

News Brief, July 18

Lake Mead holding photo contest

Natural Beauty

Hali Bernstein Saylor/Boulder City Review

Star Power

Hali Bernstein Saylor/Boulder City Review