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Lanier drowning victim identified as 18-year-old Winder man

Victim struggled and went under on Sunday near Old Federal Campground

POSTED: August 15, 2008 5:01 a.m.

A man who drowned Sunday afternoon in Lake Lanier has been identified as Duy Nguyen, 18, of Winder.

Jennifer Barnes, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, released the victim’s name Monday. His identity had been withheld pending notification of family.

The incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday near Old Federal Campground. According to a statement from Hall County Sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Strickland, Nguyen and several friends had been floating on a piece of Styrofoam when they tried to swim approximately 50 to 100 yards to the shore.

Nguyen began to struggle in the water and went under, despite a friend’s attempt to save him.

Dive teams from both the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Hall County fire department searched for Nguyen’s body Sunday evening. He was recovered at about 7:20 p.m. in 28 feet of water, about 43 yards from the shore.

Though the sheriff’s office reported Nguyen’s death as the fifth drowning on Lanier this year, Barnes said according to the DNR’s count, there have been four drownings and four boating-related deaths.

In some cases this year, victims drowned after jumping out of a boat. Barnes said the DNR classifies those as boating fatalities.



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