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Lake Lanier drowning victim identified as Gainesville man
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Members of the Hall County Fire Services Marine Rescue team search for a man on Monday who drowned while swimming in Lake Lanier in Gainesville. - photo by David Barnes

A 35-year-old man drowned while swimming in a Lake Lanier cove with his girlfriend Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The victim was identified Tuesday morning as Quincy Larae Finch of Gainesville.  

They were swimming in the area of the Dawsonville Highway bridge near Gainesville Marina when the man was no longer able to float, went under the water and didn’t reappear, Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stephen Wilbanks wrote in an email Monday night. The call came in about 3:15 p.m.

“Hall County Fire Services conducted an initial rescue search during the first hour, and after that point the operation transitioned to a recovery effort, with responsibility for the operation being turned over to the Sheriff’s Office dive team,” Wilbanks said.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ sonar imaging equipment and the Hall Sheriff’s Office divers located Finch at 6:34 p.m. in 16 feet of water approximately 40 yards from the shoreline.

His body was transported to the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division continues to investigate the case, Wilbanks said. He said no foul play is suspected.

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