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Swimmer missing in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Jun 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-19 22:26:08-04

(UPDATE) U.S. Water Rescue Divers have recovered the body of the young man. Carbon County Sheriff Josh McQuillan identified the man as Dominic Hunder of Lovell, Wyoming.

Hunder was swimming with friends in the Hillsboro area when he became fatigued and slipped underneath the water, according to the National Park Service. He was unable to be rescued and did not resurface.

Hunder's body was recovered about 2:30 p.m.

The search included vessels, underwater cameras, divers, and walking the shorelines.

(1st REPORT) National Park Service rangers are searching for a 19-year-old man reported missing near the Barry’s Landing/Hillsboro parking area in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

At approximately 4:25 p.m. on Friday, the park received a call from Lovell, Wyoming, dispatch reporting that a swimmer went under water and did not resurface.

Rangers responded to search the area by vessel and the shoreline with the assistance of the Lovell Fire Department, Ambulance, and Big Horn County Sheriff Department and Big Horn County Search and Rescue.

After no sign of the young man, the search was suspended at 1 a.m. due to low visibility.

The search resumed Saturday morning and the Carbon County Sheriff's Office, Big Horn County Sheriff's Office and Big Horn County Search and Rescue and US Water Rescue Dive Team from Billings are providing support. The incident is under investigation by the National Park Service.

As a reminder, visitors aboard all vessels, including paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and rafts, are required to have a properly fitted life jacket on board for all occupants. Life jackets are highly recommended for all swimmers in the canyon also.