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19-year-old drowns at Lake Lanier trying to swim across cove

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources confirmed the drowning happened Thursday night.

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A 19-year-old drowned Thursday night trying to swim across a cove on Lake Lanier, Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials said Friday.

Officials confirmed on Friday that Sathvik Kothapu, of Cumming, died. 

Mark McKinnon with DNR's Law Enforcement Division said it happened at around 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening. He said the teen was "attempting to swim across the cove when he became fatigued and went under."

It happened at Young Deer Creek on Lake Lanier.

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McKinnon said game wardens "located what they believed to be the victim using boat mounted sonar" around 9 p.m. 

The Forsyth County Fire Department’s dive team was able to recover the victim from a depth of 22 feet of water.

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