December 20, 2014
National Park Service officials say a 45-year-old man drowned at Lake Mead after trying to retrieve a water board that had floated away from shore.
Authorities say Ronaldo Datangel was not wearing a life jacket when he drowned near the Hemenway fishing pier on Sunday. His friends and family pulled him from the lake when they saw him go underwater and tried to resuscitate him.
Park officials say they do not believe drugs or alcohol was a factor. Officials say it was the third drowning this year and the 13th death at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.