Officials: LI man drowns in Lake George

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A Hicksville man vacationing at Lake George in upstate Warren County died Sunday after he was found submerged in several feet of water, sheriff's officials said Monday.

Warren County Sheriff's officials said Raja Podapoti, 28, was reported missing by his friends as they prepared to leave an area of the lake called Shepard's Park. The friends, a group of about 10 visiting the area for the Labor Day weekend, told officials that Podapoti was unaccounted for and that he had not been seen leaving the water.

Lifeguards searched the area and recovered Podapoti, and along with paramedics from the Lake George Emergency Squad, were able to resuscitate him on the shore before he was taken to a hospital and admitted to the intensive care unit. He died a few hours later. Sheriff's officials said the cause of death has been determined to be accidental drowning.

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