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DNR releases names in Sunday's Lanier drownings

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GAINESVILLE – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Monday released the names of three people who drowned in Lake Lanier Sunday.

According to Mark McKinnon, Public Affairs Officer for the Law Enforcement Division of the DNR, the victims of Sunday afternoon’s incident near Three Sisters Island in Forsyth County were a father and son from Lilburn.

McKinnon identified the two as Leonel Torres, 50 and Elton Torres, 15.

Hall County Deputy EMA Director Scott Cagle earlier said the victims had been playing with a ball when the juvenile went into the water after it, struggled and went under. He said the adult went in after the juvenile and also became distressed and went under water.

Hall County divers recovered the victims and took them to Northeast Georgia Medical Center unresponsive and unconscious.

The third victim lost his life near Old Federal Park in Hall County around 6:30 p.m.

McKinnon said that victim, Beto Silva, 20, of Peoria, Illinois, was trying to walk to an island on a sandbar, slipped into deeper water and never resurfaced.

Hall County Marine Rescue also responded to that incident. Cagle said the victim’ brother had jumped in after him but was unable to rescue him. Hall divers also recovered the victim.

Cagle said because the victim spent about an hour under water, and no activity was indicated on a heart monitor, resuscitation efforts were not started.

McKinnon said Silva was an Illinois resident, but would spend part of the year in Gaineville.

DNR officials also responded to a fourth drowning in north Georgia Sunday. McKinnon said it happened on the Chattahoochee River in Fulton County. The male victim was recovered from the water Monday morning, but authorities had not released his name.

McKinnon said he had reportedly been swimming and went under, never resurfacing.
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