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Two men die in separate incidents at recreation area on Saturday

Two men died in separate swimming incidents Saturday at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Alejandro Rodriguez of Fontana, California, died Saturday at Lake Mohave. At approximately 2 p.m., Lake Mead officials received a call that reported a possible drowning at Cottonwood Cove, according to Lake Mead National Recreational Area Public Affairs Officer Christie Vanover.

Vanover said bystanders pulled Rodriguez from the water and administered CPR, but he could not be revived even after National Park Service rangers, Nevada Department of Wildlife wardens and Clark County emergency medical personnel took over.

Rodriguez’s official cause of death is pending, and the incident is being investigated. Park officials added that he was not wearing a life jacket when he was found.

His death marks the fifth possible drowning at Lake Mead for the year. In 2016, there were three possible drownings.

Later on Saturday, an 18-year-old man died while swimming at the recreation area.

The teen was reported missing about 4 p.m. after swimming at Gregg’s Hideout, Lake Mead National Recreation Area spokeswoman Chelsea Kennedy said in a statement.

The Bullhead City Dive Team found him about 10:20 a.m. Sunday near the point where he was last seen. He was not wearing a life jacket, Kennedy said.

The incident is under investigation. The Mohave County medical examiner has not identified the man or determined his cause of death.

Two veterans home nurses recognized for top care

Sally Gray and Corine Watson, who work at the Nevada State Veterans Home, recently received Endeavor awards from the Perry Foundation. The awards recognize the state’s top-performing health care professionals and facilities.

Gray was presented with the distinguished nurse educator award and Watson was honored with the outstanding nurse leader award.

The Reno-based Perry Foundation is a nonprofit that improves care in Nevada’s nursing homes and assisted-living communities by educating health care workers.

“The Perry Foundation promotes quality care by recognizing the top-performing communities and health care professionals,” said Robert Kidd, foundation president. “We spend a great deal of time analyzing the needs of the caregivers of which we build educational programs around, all with the goal of improving the quality of care the residents in the buildings are receiving.”