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Wednesday July 15th, 2020 12:30AM

Victim in weekend Lake Lanier drowning identified

By AccessWDUN staff

The victim of a drowning in Lake Lanier over the weekend has been identified.

The body of Jesus Victoria Reynosa, age 19, of Gainesville was located around 5 p.m. on Sunday, according to a report from Mark McKinnon, Public Affairs Officer with the Department of Natural Resources.

McKinnon said that the body was found close to where witnesses said Reynosa went down.

Georgia DNR Game Wardens responded to the call of a drowning at Longwood Park in Gainesville around 2 p.m. on Sunday. According to McKinnon, the Game Wardens were able to locate the victim using side scan sonar and recover him with the Remote Operated Vehicle. Hall County Marine Rescue, and Forsyth County Marine Rescue assisted, as well.

An original report on Sunday from Sergeant Kevin Holbrook with the Gainesville Police Department confirmed that around 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, a group swimming off a cove in the Longwood Park area called 9-1-1 that a man had gone underwater.

According to Sgt. Kevin Holbrook, the group was swimming from the shore. “They were along the shoreline in a cove area there. It is known to be used by individuals for swimming. It is not a regulated or a beach type area, but just off the shoreline.”

Holbrook added that, when the group realized the man had not surfaced, another individual unsuccessfully attempted to rescue him.

More details are pending.

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