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Man from Uzbekistan Dies after Near-Drowning Incident

National Park Service Breaking News

Page, AZ A young man from Uzbekistan passed away last Saturday, August 12, from complications resulting from a near-drowning incident on Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area on July 21.

Komil Alimov was using a water trampoline near the Wahweap Main Launch Ramp when he jumped into the water and began struggling.

Alimov went under water and bystanders began diving down in an attempt to find him and pull him to shore. After at least 7-10 minutes, he was located by a Dutch visitor and brought onto shore, where others began performing CPR.

National Park Service rangers responded and continued CPR. Alimov was flown by Classic Lifeguard to Page Hospital. He was subsequently flown to the Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah. Alimov remained in the hospital in critical condition until his death.

Although the trampoline was marked, "Life Vest Required," Alimov was not wearing a life jacket at the time. He reportedly did not know how to swim.

Alimov was 23 years old. He was working in a seasonal position for the park concessioner, Aramark, in the food and beverage department at Lake Powell Resort.

This is the fourth fatality of the year at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Visitors are reminded that there are no lifeguards at swimming areas in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Visitors should always remember to wear life jackets when they are swimming or onboard boats.