Man Drowns in 13-Foot Deep Bellagio Fountain in Vegas
A man in his 40s drowned while swimming in the fountain in front of the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The homeless man had reportedly been talking to tourists in front of the famous fountain on Friday, before jumping in the water, Las Vegas Review Journal reports. Metropolitan Police Department said the man’s state of mind was unclear.
The man swam toward the middle area of the fountain, but then started struggling after turning around and swimming to the area where he entered the fountain. A bystander jumped into the water after realizing that he started struggling but was unable to reach and save him. Another tourist said she called 911 after he began struggling while swimming near the middle of the fountain.
Clark County Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Jennifer Wyatt confirmed Friday that divers had recovered the man’s body from the fountains, the Journal reports.
The Bellagio fountain is one of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas. It features more than 1,000 fountains that spray water more than 400 feet into the air, accompanied by music and a light show. Swimming in not allowed at the fountain. The water reaches a depth of 13 feet near the centerpiece.