Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-10-28 16:40:53 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) — A 65-year-old Las Vegas man died on Monday after falling from a kayak during a fishing trip about 175 miles north of Las Vegas.
Paul Bifluco died in the Kirch Wildlife Management Area in northeastern Nye County, according to a Thursday news release from the Nevada Wildlife Service.
Nevada game warden John Anderson allegedly contacted Bifurco and his friends in a rainy day and saved a friend not identified in the news release.
“Without Warden Anderson’s professionalism, we would have been talking about two dead instead of one,” said Warden Mike Maynard, chief game. “His ability to quickly find two men and his willingness to go out into the freezing water to draw them to the shore probably saved the life of the second man. He he said It’s another example of the passion and dedication that our game watchers bring to the scene every day. “
Jason Stephenson of the Lund Volunteer Fire Department assisted Anderson, who was able to attract men and their kayaks to medical personnel on the shore.
The rescue took place in bad weather, which prevented Bifurco’s friend from taking him to the shore. According to a news release, the two men were found at a depth of 4-5 feet. Reservoir vegetation made rescue more difficult.
According to a news release, Bifurco seemed okay at first as the inflatable life jacket he was wearing brought him back to the surface, but he collapsed trying to return to the shore.
Members of the Nevada Highway Patrol, White Pine County EMS, and Nevada Game Warden Scott Giles helped the scene.
Clark County Coroner Office reports the cause of death of Bifluco.