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Dive crews locate drowning victim

Posted at 5:26 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-18 20:29:42-04

The Cochise County Dive Team and the Pima County dive teams have located the body of a 23-year-old man that drowned in Patagonia Lake.

Sgt. Jose Cota from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department says a group of three people were swimming across the lake when the 24-year-old fell behind and called for help.

Two people who were with the the man went back to get him when they say he went underwater and never came back up.

The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office received the 911 call at 1:30 p.m.. Sgt. Cota says they will continue searching until they find the body or the dive team determines they have exhausted all search options. 

Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in this possible drowning but the man who went under did have at least one drink earlier in the day. 

This is the first drowning of the year at Patagonia Lake.

Sheriff Antonio Estrada of the Santa Cruz County have identified the man who drowned as 23-year-old Nolan Christopher Felipe Tolentino. 

Estrada says Tolentino was a part of the National Guard in Tucson and was originally from Surprise, Ariz. 

Next of kin was notified on Friday night. 

Estrada says the autopsy will be performed Monday in Tucson. 

The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office will be handling the investigation.