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Officials say man drowned in Nebraska lake on July Fourth

July 6, 2021 GMT

ALMA, Neb. (AP) — A man drowned in a southern Nebraska lake on the July Fourth holiday, authorities there said.

The 23-year-old man died Sunday in Harlan County Lake, according to the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s officials said a 911 call late Sunday afternoon reported the drowning, and deputies were joined by officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Nebraska State Patrol and Nebraska Game and Parks in searching for the man.

The man’s body was found about three hours later on the south side of the lake, which is located near Alma.

Investigators believe the man had been swimming when he likely became fatigued and drowned.

Authorities had not released his name by midday Tuesday. An autopsy has been ordered.