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UPDATE: Lake Lanier drowning victim identified
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(UPDATE Friday, May 21, 7:20 p.m.): Officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources identified the victim of Thursday's drowning as Sathvik Kothapu, 19, of Cumming.


Officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources have confirmed the drowning of a 19-year-old male in the Young Deer Creek area of Lake Lanier on Thursday evening. 

Mark McKinnon, a spokesman with the DNR's law enforcement division, said that DNR, Forsyth County Sheriff's Office and the Forsyth County Fire Department dive team responded to drowning at about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday after "a 19-year-old male was attempting to swim across the cove when he became fatigued and went under."

McKinnon said game wardens were able to locate the body of the victim using a boat-mounded sonar, which was confirmed by a remote-operated vehicle at about 9 p.m.

"The Forsyth County dive team was able to recover the victim from 22 feet of water a short time later," McKinnon said. 

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