Victim in Eastwood Lake drowning identified

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Coroner has identified the man pulled from Eastwood Lake Wednesday night.

The Coroner’s Office identifies the victim as 19-year-old Hasta Biswa from Dayton.

Authorities say the call came in just after 6 p.m. Wednesday from someone who said they could not find their family member in the water.

Crews began searching in the south side of the lake near the parking lot located next to the trail at Eastwood MetroPark.

A relative on the shore pointed rescuers to a location roughly 30 to 40 feet from the shore. Officials say that someone was out in the water with the victim when he went under the water and failed to resurface.

Emergency crews with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base responded with sonar-equipped boats and divers were deployed as well to help locate the man.

Officials confirmed that the victim was pulled from the water around 7 p.m. Wednesday and taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The coroner’s office confirms Biswa’s death was a drowning.

Eastwood Lake is a mile-long, 185 acre body of water that is largely used for fishing, motorboating, sailing, and personal watercraft.

Dayton Fire District Chief Paul Raisch says swimming is not permitted in the area and that there is a steep drop that could create trouble for someone in the water.

“Be safe around water. It’s so inviting on these hot days, but if you don’t know the conditions of the shore and it’s not a swim area then stay out of the water,” Raisch said.

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