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Fisherman Drowns In Lake Hemet Trying To Untangle Line

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HEMET (CBSLA.com) — Officials said a fisherman trying to untangle his line Saturday drowned in Lake Hemet.

The unidentified man allegedly got tired after swimming out where the line got tangled and was unable to make it back to shore.

The man was fishing with two friends and reportedly drowned just after 8 a.m., said Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Sargent.

“A witness, a friend of the victim, swam out in an attempt to assist the victim back to shore,” Sargent said. “The victim was unable to stay above water and the witness was unable to rescue the victim.”

The Riverside County Sheriff Dive Team found the fisherman’s body about 4 p.m., Sargent said.

“The coroner’s office took custody of the victim and the investigation is ongoing,” he said.

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