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September 21, 2014

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Man identified in weekend drowning at Lake Mohave

Morning Star Cove

A 22-year-old El Salvador man who drowned Saturday in Lake Mohave has been identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office as Jose Misael Aguilar Duran.

National Park Service rangers and Nevada Department of Wildlife wardens began searching for Duran after he was reported missing at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Lake Mead National Recreation Area spokesman Andrew Munoz said.

He disappeared while swimming at Morning Star Cove, just southeast of the end of State Road 165, east of the town of Nelson.

Witnesses told authorities Duran was swimming across the cove when he began to struggle and went under the water, the National Park Service said in a news release. Bystanders tried to help but were unable to get to him in time, officials said.

National Park Service rangers with the assistance of Metro Police divers recovered Duran’s body at 6:32 p.m. on the Nevada side of Lake Mohave, about 40 feet from shore in 39 feet of water.

The coroner’s office ruled Duran’s death an accident. Rangers don't suspect alcohol was involved, and he wasn’t wearing a life jacket, the park service said.

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