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Update:From WBHF 1450 AM and 100.1 FM: The drowning victim recovered from Lake Allatoona Friday has been identified as 37-year-old Charles Matthews of Ellijay.

Bartow County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a report of drowning at Old Highway 41 Campground no. 3 early Friday. It appears to be the first drowning of 2022 season.

Emergency crews, incuding fireboards 13 and 6, responded. Witnesses said the victim had been swimming in the area and then saw him in distress. He then slipped under the water.State Department of Natural Resources crew joined the search-and-rescue operation. A bit later, the located the man and recovered the body.

The coroner’s office will decide the next steps.

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