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Young Man Drowns Attempting to Swim Across Colorado River

August 11, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On August 9, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Dive Rescue Team was requested by the Fort Mohave Tribal Police Department to assist in searching for a drowning victim. The previous day, at about 6:17 p.m. Tribal Police received a call of a 20 year old male last seen attempting to swim across the Colorado River, about two miles North of Willow Valley Marina in Arizona.

Dive Team members arrived at Willow Valley Marina on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. and conducted a briefing with Mohave County Fire, Fort Mohave Tribal Police and Bullhead City Fire Departments. Arizona Department of Public Safety assisted with a patrol helicopter.

Dive Team members entered the water at 8:12 a.m. to conduct the first of six drift dives. At 10:53 a.m. the victim was located at a depth of twelve feet. The location of the body was marked with a marker buoy and coordination was made Bullhead City's fire boat for transportation. At 11:13 a.m., the victim, Micheal Galvers (age 20 of Fort Mohave, Arizona) was brought to the surface by divers and transported to Willow Valley Marina and released to the Mohave County Medical Examiner.

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