Man drowns while swimming in private lake

Published 06/29 2013 05:04PM

Updated 07/01 2013 11:24AM

Update: 8:00 pm
CHAMPAIGN -- Investigators say a man drowned while swimming in a private lake. The coroner says the victim was 26-year old Mushi Liu of Urbana.

The incident happened at Maynard Lake in southwest Champaign around 2:00 pm. Police say Liu was swimming with friends when he went to a deeper part of the lake.

Witnesses say he yelled for help before going under water. Police say he was in the water for about 15 minutes before dive teams pulled him out.

Liu was taken to the hospital where he died at 3:40 pm. An autopsy has been scheduled. The Champaign County Coroner's Office and Sheriff's department are investigating. Right now they say his death appears to be an accident. Liu is formerly from Madison, Mississippi.

Original: 5:30 pm

CHAMPAIGN -- Divers pull a 20-year old man's body out of a lake after several minutes of an underwater search. Emergency crews were called to west Champaign around 2:00 Saturday afternoon.

A family in the 1900-block of Maynard was having a private party in the lake. Police aren't confirming his condition right now.

The 20-year old was swimming with friends in the lake. Police say he swam out to a deep area and started screaming that he couldn't stay above water. That's when they say he went under.

Friends tried to swim out to him as quickly as they could but couldn't find him. Neighbors say the man had been underwater 15 minutes. Rescue divers pulled him out of the lake minutes later.

"We talked to everybody that saw it happen. Talked to all the witnesses. We have to make a determination of what happened. Right now, this doesn't look like anything more than an accident," Sgt. Jeff Vercler said.

The man was taken to the hospital. The family gathered at the home. Neighbors are praying he survives.

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