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Lake Mead rangers respond to multiple emergency calls in October

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Posted at 3:56 PM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 19:03:43-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — First responders at Lake Mead rescued multiple visitors last week, according to the National Park Service.

The list below is a glimpse of the calls the team was called to handle from Oct. 1-7:

  • Rangers located a runaway suicidal juvenile who reportedly planned to jump off the Hoover Dam. They were able to rescue him in time.
  • Rangers performed two on-the-water rescues, including a swamped boat and a vessel that ran aground on Lake Mohave.
  • Rangers responded to a report of an unresponsive, unconscious male. They took over CPR and applied a defibrillator, reviving him.
  • Rangers and medics responded to a SCUBA diver who experienced signs of decompression sickness after diving at a depth of 145 feet for 90 minutes. They coordinated with a local hospital to ensure he received hyperbaric therapy.
  • Rangers arrested a driver for DUI. The suspect had passengers in the car, including a 4-year-old child.
  • Rangers were first on the scene for a rollover accident involving an ambulance on U.S. Highway 93. Everyone in the vehicle, including the patient, was okay.

“Visitors safety is always a top priority. Rangers are out in the park responding to everything from minor traffic accidents to medical emergencies,” said Deputy Chief Ranger Joe Darling.

The law enforcement team of rangers, firefighters, and paramedics protect nearly 15 million people that visit both Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam annually.

“Although many of the week’s incidents could have resulted in tragedy, rangers provided swift action that ultimately saved lives,” said Darling.

The National Park Service says next time when visiting the park, stop and thank a ranger as one day they could be saving your life.