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Divers find missing 45-year-old man in Amicalola Creek

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials reported they found the body of a 45-year-old Atlanta man.

The body of Ramiro Ponce-Ruiz, 45, of Atlanta, was recovered from Amicalola Creek near Dawsonville at 12:53 p.m. Monday.

Ponce-Ruiz had been swimming with family and friends around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Devil's Elbow on Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

According to witnesses, he swam out from the bank and dove under. When he surfaced, he was struggling and then went back under. His body was found in water about 20 feet deep.

The effort included DNR Law Enforcement Division rangers, the Dawson County Sheriff's Office and Fire Department (the K-9 unit from the fire department was involved), Dawson County's dive team, and divers from Cherokee County.

Hall County Sheriff's Office dive team members assessed the site and planned to help in the diving operation Monday afternoon if needed.

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