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Update: Search suspended for man believed drowned in Lake Natoma

Michael Szeman, 24, paddles to shore as a State Parks patrol boat searches Lake Natoma for a man who authorities believe drowned Thursday afternoon.
Michael Szeman, 24, paddles to shore as a State Parks patrol boat searches Lake Natoma for a man who authorities believe drowned Thursday afternoon. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Authorities have suspended the search for the body of a 22-year-old man believed to have drowned in Lake Natoma on Thursday, according to Richard Preston, superintendent for the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.

Lifeguards and state park workers will check the waters Friday and throughout the weekend for signs of the man, Preston said. Lake Natoma will remain open normally for visitors.

Preston said state parks workers received a report shortly after 4 p.m. that four people had jumped from rocks into the lake intending to swim to a partially submerged rock in the middle of the lake, between Rainbow Bridge and Lake Natoma Crossing. One of the three went underwater and his friends tried to rescue him but were unsuccessful, Preston said.

Two of the remaining three were rescued by kayakers, and the third made it to shore on his own.

California State Parks lifeguards searched the area, along with water rescue units from the Folsom Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew also searched the area from the air.

By early evening, the search had been turned over to divers with the Drowning Accident Rescue Team and boats searching the area with sonar devices.

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