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Body of man missing in Lake Diefenbaker located

Friends identified the missing man as Mazen Cruz, who went missing on Lake Diefenbaker when he jumped into the water to rescue a friend. Faith Primeau-McNichols / Supplied

The body of a man who went missing on Lake Diefenbaker in Saskatchewan has been located, RCMP said.

Police said the body of the 35-year-old man was found roughly 30 metres from the shore near Gardiner Dam on Monday afternoon.

Friends have identified him as Mazen Cruz.

Read more: Search continues for man, 35, after he and girl, 7, attempt to rescue woman on Lake Diefenbaker

Cruz went missing on Aug. 20 when he jumped into the lake to rescue Victoria Daniels.

Daniels told Global News she was pulled under by the strong current when she went in for a swim while heading to shore in a motorized dingy.

Cruz promptly jumped into the water after her but he, too, was carried away by the current.

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“I kept getting dragged underneath the water and then Mazen jumped in to rescue me,” Daniels said.

“He didn’t even reach me, the waves were pushing him farther away.”

Read more: Search underway after possible drowning on Lake Diefenbaker in Saskatchewan

Daniels’s seven-year-old daughter was able to steer the dingy to her mom and helped pull her aboard.

Police said the death is not considered suspicious and an autopsy will be carried out later in the week.

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Heroic efforts of 7-year-old girl and 35-year-old man save woman’s life on Lake Diefenbaker – Aug 23, 2020

— With files from Brenden Purdy

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