Body of man who drowned in Douglas Lake recovered

The body of Hector Guillermo Mercado Perez, age 24, from Norton, VA was recovered at approximately 7:30 pm Saturday evening by a diver.

Rescue crews say they were able to get GPS coordinates from a video taken by someone on the boat before the drowning occurred. The GPS coordinates allowed divers to search a more precise location.

Perez was swimming from a boat in Douglas Lake when he began to struggle and went under.

A growing memorial outside the Mexican restaurant his family owns honors his life, the life of a man who had touched so many in the few months since he moved to the area.

Earlier this week, News 5's Caleb Perhne spoke with the community which is mourning the loss of Hector.

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