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Family and friends helping with search for missing swimmer

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- The search continues for two missing swimmers who disappeared Sunday afternoon at Lake Mead.

The first call came in 11:45 a.m. south of Willow Beach and the second around 2:20 p.m. near Boulder Islands.

These are two unrelated incidents; however, neither swimmer was wearing life jackets.

Search and rescue dive teams were out all day Monday, searching for the missing swimmers.

Family members of one of the missing swimmers say they're not giving up on their own search just yet.

It has been a busy day at Lake Mead as park rangers and the Metro Police search and rescue dive team searched for the swimmers who disappeared.

"I think most people under estimate the dangers of the water and most people under estimate the hazard of Lake Mead," park ranger Mark Hnat said.

Irvin Andrade, 25 of Las Vegas, is one of the victims rescue teams have been looking for.

He is a father of two young girls, and according to his cousin, was out with his family and friends on Sunday, swimming in the lake when things took a turn for the worse.

"He was with his friends and wife and unfortunately he was not wearing his vest and when he jumped into the water he couldn't get back to boat. The boat couldn't turn back on," the victim’s cousin Jose Ruiz said.

While search and rescue teams continue to look for leads, Andrade's family refused to wait around.

"We went to rent a boat and looked ourselves. We got here at 6 in the morning but there's no clue at all," Ruiz said.

People at the lake say it is the dangerous wind conditions that can take control of swimmers and boaters.

Something they say happens far too often.

"Here the wind comes up in a heart beat. It can be a beautiful day and it can just be blowing you on the side of the lake," boater Dave Mazza said.

"It changes just like that and there are no lifeguards, you have to be on your own," swimmer Cindy Bilharz said.

If you plan on spending time at the lake, park rangers say always wear a life jacket. Lake Mead offers life jackets for people to rent.

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