Body of teenager found after drowning in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area | State and Region


Crews recovered the body of a Lovell, Wyoming teenager from Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, who disappeared in the water on Friday.

The victim, Dominic Hunder of Lovell, 19, was swimming with friends in the Hillsboro area when he got tired and slipped underwater. “He could not be rescued and has not surfaced,” the National Park Service said in a news release Saturday night.

His body was recovered around 2:30 p.m. Saturday by divers from the US Water Rescue.

National Park Service rangers were called to the Barry’s Landing area north of the Wyoming border around 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to an NPS statement.

They searched for the missing teen by boat and along the shore, with assistance from the Lovell Fire Department, Big Horn County Sheriff’s Department and Big Horn County Search and Rescue.

The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office and a US water rescue dive team from Billings joined the effort.

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“We are saddened by this unfortunate event,” Acting Superintendent Raymond McPadden said in a statement provided by NPS. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victim. I commend the Multi-Agency Search and Rescue team for their hard work and perseverance.”

The Barry’s Landing area, closed during the search, has reopened to the public.

The statement also reminded visitors to the area that people on board all vessels, including paddle boards, canoes, kayaks and rafts, should wear a life jacket. Life jackets are strongly recommended for all swimmers in the canyon. In 2018, a boating accident in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area resulted in the drowning of one person in hospital and three others.


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