Many people head to the waters of Lake Mead in the summer to find relief from the intense Las Vegas heat. For one family, the day turned tragic on the waters this afternoon when their boat crashed.
As the traffic on the water increases, so does the risk for an incident. However, the traffic in and on the lake is not the only concern on the open water, the declining water level and the weather can prove troublesome to boaters and swimmers, as well.
The declining water level has revealed new land masses and hazards in the waters of Lake Mead. Mix that with the strong gusts of wind that occur in the area and you have a recipe for tragedy; which happened today when a gust from the west hit the lake at 50 miles per hour, and pushed a sailboat into a rocky edge of the coastline of Lake Mead.
With the boat punctured and stuck on a large rock formation, an emergency response and recovery helicopter was dispatched to the scene to assist and recover the passengers from the boat.
One passenger, a woman in her mid-thirties and the mother of two children on board, was medically evacuated to the University Medical Center in downtown Henderson in critical condition from a head injury that occurred when their sailboat collided into the rocks.
Fortunately, the woman was rushed into emergency surgery to stop the bleeding on her brain and remains in the intensive care unit in a stable condition.