Man Drowns After Jumping into the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas

By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

A man drowned after throwing himself into the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas on Friday.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department recovered the body after arriving at the location at 10:12 am, reported KSNV.

Capt. Dori Koren said the man was a “local transient” between the ages of 40 and 50.

The victim allegedly engaged some tourists before jumping into the water and attempted to swim to the middle section of the fountain.

The man began to struggle and a tourist jumped in to try and help, but “unfortunately wasn’t able to get very far,” Koren told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Kayla Eklund, a 21-year-old college student from Michigan, saw when the man jumped in the fountain and called 911.

“He was just staying in one spot treading water,” Eklund said. “He started yelling, ‘Help, help, help!’”

Clark County coroner’s office said the man’s identity would be revealed once his family was contacted, the outlet noted.

Koren advised the public to be safe around all of the water attractions on the Las Vegas Strip.

“Please just make sure that you do not jump in for any reason,” he said.

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