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December 17, 2014

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Arizona man dies of heart attack at Lake Mohave

A 49-year-old Bullhead City, Ariz., man died of an apparent heart attack at Lake Mohave today, according to authorities.

The National Park Service received an emergency call from a group of people near Chili Pepper Cove on the Arizona side of Lake Mohave about 9:15 a.m., said Roxanne Dey, spokeswoman for the park service.

Friends of the man said he was standing next to a boat and fell into the water in the cove and they thought he might have had a heart attack, Dey said.

While waiting for park rangers, the man's friends took him by boat to the Katherine Landing launch ramp to meet emergency workers. Park rangers and Bullhead City Fire Department paramedics responded.

The man was taken to the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City where he was pronounced dead.

The man's identity has not been released, because next of kin have not been notified, Dey said.

The Mohave County Coroner will determine the exact cause of his death.

This is the 17th fatality of the year at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which includes lakes Mead and Mohave.

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