Man identified in Lake Mead search and recovery
Clark County, NV (KTNV) – Officials at Creech Air Force Base have identified the man who is missing at Lake Mead as 28 year-old Staff Sergeant Antonio Tucker. Creech officials released, on their website, that Tucker is a remotely piloted aircraft crew chief for the 432d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
Officials at Lake Mead downgraded their search Sunday afternoon for Tucker who jumped overboard without a life jacket Saturday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m.
The search is continuing Monday using side sonar technology provided and operated by the Nevada Division of Wildlife. The search is being hampered by the depth of the lake.
Tucker rented a 21-foot vessel and had two other people on board. He jumped off the boat to swim when wind forced the boat to drift away. Neither the female adult nor the female child on board were able to control the rented boat and called 911.
Crews responded to the scene and were aided by the United States Coast Guard which is assembled at Lake Mead.
The Coast Guard overtook the vessel and returned it to Hemenway Harbor and rejoined the Nevada Division of Wildlife to continue search and rescue efforts.
The Coast Guard, along with other federal agencies, is at Lake Mead and in Boulder City as a precaution to assist Boulder City Police with any disturbances related to the gathering of the motorcycle club “The Mongols.”
The park service advises people to wear personal flotation devices when on the lake.