Man pulled from Lake Lanier pronounced dead, ID'd

Divers pulled a man presumed drowned from Lake Lanier Thursday afternoon, rushing him to the hospital in a failed attempt to save his life.

Forsyth County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jason Shivers said crews were dispatched to West Bank Park on Buford Dam Road near the Gwinnett County line at about 3 p.m. Thursday. Family of the 44-year-old Cumming man — later identified as Rodrigo Bernal Trejo — pulled from the water said he was swimming in the lake alone when he went under.

Trejo was pulled from the lake — in about 11 feet of water, approximately 50 feet offshore — within about 45 minutes of going under, Shivers said.

The patient was not breathing and was given CPR before being transported to Northside Hospital-Forsyth. If recovery can be made within an hour or so, the operation is typically considered a rescue effort, Shivers said.

“The drowning was witnessed by friends and family,” Shivers said. “That gave us very credible information on a time and location of the drowning.”

Trejo was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

“We were performing CPR and treating it as a potential rescue all the way to the ER,” Shivers said.