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Man, 21, drowns in Lake Lanier
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Forsyth County News

BUFORD — A 21-year-old man drowned Sunday night in Lake Lanier while attempting to swim across a cove in the area of Big Creek Park, authorities said.

Using sonar, Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers found the body of Daruba McFarlane of Stone Mountain at 9 p.m. in about 17 feet of water.

The Hall County Fire Services dive team retrieved the body about 9:20 p.m.

Hall County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Bailes said McFarlane was found in his last known location provided by witnesses.

Foul play is not suspected in the incident, according to Bailes. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

A friend reported McFarlane attempted to swim across a cove, had trouble and went under water, according to Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon.

Bailes said the caller described the 21-year-old “as being in distress after swimming about 25 yards from the bank.”

Authorities, including Forsyth County’s marine rescue team, responded after receiving the call about 7 p.m. Sunday.