National Park Service Makes Dozens of Rescues | News
LAS VEGAS -- National Park Services rangers rescued more than 40 people at Lake Mead on the Fourth of July.
Rangers said the lake experienced monsoon type weather causing six accidents on the lake, two disabled vessels and 13 people who needed assistance.
Boater Matt Johnson said he had headed out to the lake Wednesday to spend some time on the water, but after getting a short way into the lake, he and his group decided to turn back.
"(We) started into the lake and there were waves 15 to 16 feet high," he said. "I think we made the right decision to stay there at the dock until things were safe."
Rangers also had four emergency calls, including one for a 19-year-old who nearly drowned while he was swimming in the lake.
"It was one of those things that we knew that there were a large amount of visitors (and with) monsoons, it was gong to be the perfect storm," Lake Mead ranger Randy Lavassuer said.
A vessel with five onboard became swamped from the high waves -- and there was only one life jacket on board.
"Make sure you're doing a vessel inspection," he said. "Make sure you have the floatation devices readily accessible. You have the fire extinguisher."
During monsoon season, the day can start out clear but then turn stormy in the afternoon.