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Coroner identifies Lake Mohave drowning victim

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Authorities have identified the Southern California man whose body was pulled from the waters of Lake Mohave about a week after he jumped from a houseboat.

Clark County coroner's officials say 31-year-old Paul Bach Nguyen of Alhambra died of drowning.

A tourist spotted his body floating near Cottonwood Cove on Sunday afternoon, and it was recovered by rangers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Lake Mead spokeswoman Christie Vanover says Nguyen had been boating with family and friends on Aug. 16 when he went for a swim and disappeared.

He was not wearing a lifejacket.

Crews had been searching for him since he went missing.

Body found at Lake Mohave

 LAS VEGAS -- A body has been recovered near Cottonwood Cove in Lake Mohave, where a man disappeared while swimming Aug. 16.

According to the National Park Service, at around 1 p.m. Sunday, a visitor to the park called dispatchers to report a body floating in the cove. Rangers responded and pull the body of an adult man from the water.

The body is believed to be that of 31-year-old Southern California man who disappeared after jumping off a boat without a life jacket Aug. 16.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will confirm the victim's identity and determine the cause of death.


Entrance fee waived at Lake Mead Recreation Area

Entrance fee waived at Lake Mead Recreation Area

Visitors will be able to get into the Lake Mead Recreation Area without paying the normal entrance fee Aug. 25 to celebrate the 98th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Beside free entrance, birthday cake will be served at the visitor center, starting at 1 p.m. The visitor center has a botanical garden, featuring plants native to the Mojave Desert. There is also a relief map of the park and exhibits giving out park information.

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the first national park. The park service was created when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation on Aug. 25, 1916. By that time, 37 national parks were already established in the United States.

Today, there are 401 national parks throughout the country. Lake Mead National Recreation Area was established in 1964. 

Park service seeks public comment

The National Park Service wants to know what people think about an environmental assessment for a proposed relocation of utility and water lines for the Boulder City Bypass project.

The bypass was approved in 2005, but the environmental impact statement did not address the need to move existing power lines and install a pipeline to provide water for construction.

The proposed project would move about a mile of transmission lines and install a temporary above-ground water pipe from Lake Mead to provide water for crews.

To comment on the proposed changes and to read more on what it would mean for the Lake Mead area, go to parkplanning.nps.gov/. To send a written message, write to Lake Mead NRA, Compliance Office, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV 89005.

Comments must be received by Sept. 19.


BREAKING NEWS: Flash flood, severe thunderstorm warning issued for Clark County

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued a flash flood and severe thunderstorm warning for central Clark County until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

At 2 p.m., weather service Doppler radar indicated a thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. The storm is also expected to bring flash flooding to the area. The storms are along a line extending from Las Vegas Bay campground to Railroad Pass, or about seven miles south of Henderson. The storms were moving northeast at 15 mph. Locations impacted include Las Vegas Bay, Callville Bay, Railroad Pass and east Henderson.

Update: Flash Flood and severe thunderstorm warning issued for Clark County

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued a new flash flood warning for west central Mohave County in northwest Arizona and extreme south central Clark County until 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

At 1:27 p.m., weather service Doppler radar showed heavy rain from a line of thunderstorms in and around the Dolan Springs area capable of producing flash flooding. The storm was moving east at 10 mph. Locations impacted include Dolan Springs, Chloride, Golden Valley, Pierce Ferry and Antares Roads.

There is also a flash flooding warning and a severe thunderstorm warning for extreme west central Mohave County in northwest Arizona, east central San Bernardino County in Southern California, south central Clark County has been extended to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

At 1:57 p.m., radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and hail up to one inch in diameter.

Rangers looking for man missing at Lake Mohave

 LAS VEGAS -- The National Park Service is looking for a man who disappeared at Lake Mohave Saturday afternoon.

According to the park service, at around noon, their communication center received a call that a man had jumped off a boat into the lake and began to struggle. He was last seen going under the water. Witnesses say he was not wearing a life jacket.

Park service rangers, Nevada Department of Wildlife game wardens and employees near the Cottonwood Cove Marina started searching for him. He is believed to be around 100 yards from the shore. Water in the area is between 80 and 100-feet deep.  

Recent storms have made the water murkier than usually, making the search more difficult.