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Man drowns at Millerton Lake after swimming several yards from shore

A 29-year-old man drowned Saturday afternoon in Millerton Lake after he swam approximately 80 yards from shore.

The victim was identified Sunday night by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office as Alexis Rafael Mendoza of Fresno.

Reports of the drowning came around 4:30 p.m. from Mendoza’s family, according to California State Parks and Recreation spokesperson Adeline Yee.

Mendoza and his family were fishing when he attempted to swim about 100 yards from Hillis Beach to an unknown island. When he was approximately 20 yards from his destination, he went under the water, according to Yee.

His body was found around 5:15 p.m. by lifeguards.

CPR was attempted but paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Yee said Mendoza was not wearing a life jacket.

Marilyn Castaneda: 559-441-6087, @MarilynCast98
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