Welsh tourist fined for dangerous Hoover Dam swim
Sep. 13, 2017
BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say a Welsh tourist was ticketed for swimming across the iconic Hoover Dam near Las Vegas.
The Bureau of Reclamation's Regional Special Agent Ian Canaan says 28-year-old Arron Hughes of Wales was arrested and cited a $330 fine for the August incident.
Canaan says Hughes was apparently intoxicated when he climbed down the rocks on the Arizona side of the dam and swam across the reservoir to the Nevada side.
The Hoover Dam opened in 1936, generating the first electric power produced by the dam.
Located at the Nevada-Arizona border, the Hoover Dam and other Colorado River facilities now provide drinking water and hydropower to about 40 million residents, farms, tribes and businesses in seven states in the Southwest.
Canaan says Hughes was lucky to survive the dangerous swim.