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Teenage boy attempting to swim out to friend dies at Lake Mohave

Official Clark County coroner vehicle parked outside the coroner's office , Jan. 26 2016. (Phillip Moyer | KSNV)

A teenage boy from Southern California died Saturday at Lake Mead National Recreation Area while swimming, according to a news release.

The Lake Mead Interagency Communication Center received a report of a possible drowning just after 12:20 p.m. Saturday at Cabinsite Cove on Lake Mohave. Witnesses said the victim was swimming out to a person on a raft. When the raft started floating further from shore, the victim began to panic and went underwater.

The victim, who was not wearing a life jacket, went underwater.

National Park Service rangers, Nevada Department of Wildlife wardens and Bullhead City Police responded. The teen was located 45 feet below the surface and was recovered by Bullhead City Police divers.

The incident is under investigation. The Mohave County Medical Examiner will identify the victim and determine cause of death.

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