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Body of missing Lake Mead boater found

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A Las Vegas Metro Search and Rescue diver searches for a missing boater at Lake Mead on Thursday, July 3. (FOX5) A Las Vegas Metro Search and Rescue diver searches for a missing boater at Lake Mead on Thursday, July 3. (FOX5)
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Search crews said they found the body of a man Thursday who officials said fell off a boat into Lake Mead on Wednesday night and never resurfaced.

The incident happened at 8:53 p.m. near Callville Bay Marina.

According to the National Park Service, a search for the 36-year-old Las Vegas man began Wednesday night, and continued Thursday morning with the assistance of Las Vegas Metro police. The man's body was found about 12:30 p.m. in about 15 feet of water, officials said.

Investigators said witnesses reported the man had been drinking and wasn't wearing a life jacket.

Las Vegas Metro police assisted the National Park Service in the search. Divers said visibility in the water was poor.

"They can barely see their hand at a full arm's length in front of them," explained Mark Hnat, Lake Mead district ranger. He said the divers were attached to a rope, taking turns combing the lake bed.

Around 12:30 p.m., a diver tugged on the rope to indicate he located the body. The Clark County coroner arrived at Callville Bay within the hour.

The identity of the victim was not immediately released.

Friends of the victim told FOX5 he was engaged to be married. They were too upset to talk on camera during the search.

Las Vegas Metro police originally reported to FOX5 that the man had leaped from a Jet Ski, but upon information from NPS, corrected the information.

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