California Woman Killed By Boat Propeller At Lake Mead

LAKE MEAD, Ariz. (AP) - Officials say a 54-year-old California woman who swam behind a boat as it backed up on Lake Mead was killed when she was hit by the propeller.

National Park Service spokeswoman Mary Hinson says witnesses
reported seeing Lois Johnson jump into the lake and swim behind the
boat Saturday.

She was pulled from the water and Lake Mead rangers met the boat
on its way to the shore and provided advanced life support.

Johnson died at a hospital.

The incident is under investigation.

Lake Mead is on the Arizona-Nevada line. Johnson was struck on
the Arizona side.

Her death is the 14th at Lake Mead National Recreation Area this year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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