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APPLING, GA. — Authorities identified a man who drowned at an east Georgia lake as 26-year-old Navy officer Billy Sims Jr.
Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Daniel Farnsworth said the Atlanta native had been stationed at Fort Gordon’s Navy Information Operations Command as an ensign since September.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that Sims was swimming with five friends at the Augusta Sailing Club near West Dam on Thurmond Lake when he went under the water Sunday evening.
Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the group tried to reach a buoy about 50 yards from the roped-off swimming area at West Dam. All five friends made it to the buoy and returned, but Sims went under and didn’t surface.