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Body of missing swimmer found at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

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Posted at 11:45 AM, Jun 19, 2021

UPDATE - 5:30 p.m. - June 19, 2021

Divers have recovered the body of a 19-year-old swimmer who went missing Friday near Barry’s Landing / Hillsboro parking area in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

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.

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

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

(first report: 11:58 a.m. - June 19, 2021)

National Park Service rangers are searching for a 19-year-old male swimmer who went missing near 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 male swimmer went under the 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 male, 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.