Saxony Lake drowning victim identified

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FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — Authorities have identified the man who went missing in the waters at Saxony Lake and Beach in Fishers.

Authorities say Anthony Dwane Penner Jr., 39, of Indianapolis, was found Sunday evening.

According to Captain John Mehling with Fishers Fire Department, crews were searching for an adult male in Saxony Lake around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses told first responders they saw Penner fall off his paddle board and into the water. They say he struggled to stay above water before going under. According to the Department of Natural Resources, a witness tried to save Penner but was unsuccessful.

Crews from Fishers Police, Fishers Fire Departments, Indianapolis Fire Department Dive Rescue, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources were on scene. Divers were sent into the water to try and locate the missing man.

At about 5:15 p.m., the search switched from rescue to recovery, with Indiana DNR taking over the investigation. Divers left the water and sonar boats were sent in.

Around 7:50 p.m. the body of Anthony Penner Jr. was located in about 10 feet of water.

Officials say it is believed that Penner knew how to swim; however, he was not wearing a life vest. The life vest was found attached to the paddle board.

“This is one of those situations where we always encourage people to use flotation devices whenever they are in the water, even for people that know how to swim. Conditions can change, medical conditions can happen. In this case, we won’t know until after the autopsy the exact cause of it, but this is a lesson for all of us,” said Captain Mehling.

An autopsy will be conducted Monday morning.

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