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Man Drowns at Hostel

August 5, 2008

By Emily Stranger, The Brunswick News, Ga.

Aug. 5–A 24-year-old man en route to Tallahassee, Fla., drowned Sunday in what police describe as a murky lake at a hostel in southern Glynn County.

According to the Glynn County police report, Marquis Dominic Manuel went swimming at 4:40 p.m. in a lake on the grounds of The Hostel in the Forest at 3901 U.S. 82.

He was swimming toward a dock in the middle of the lake when he went under, said Glynn County Coroner Jimmy Durden.

Witnesses were able to pull Manuel out of the water and bring him to shore, where he was transported by ambulance to the emergency room of the Brunswick hospital of the Southeast Georgia Health System, said Durden, who pronounced Manuel dead at 6:16 p.m.

Durden said Manuel’s body was sent Sunday to the crime lab in Savannah for an autopsy.

Little is known about the traveler, whom police identified as a ship’s chef. His mother lives in Englewood, Calif., and his father in Canton, Ohio, said Lt. Mike Misstishen of the county police department.

Manuel had checked into the hostel about three hours prior to his death.

The Hostel in the Forest sits on 120 acres of forest and wetlands. A recorded message on the hostel’s telephone says it is closed indefinitely because of the drowning.

Manuel’s death is the second drowning this year in Glynn County. The first occurred July 21 in the fresh water lake at Blythe Island Regional Park, 6616 Blythe Island Highway.

Jose Elias Garcia-Sanchez, 35, of Brunswick, was seen by witnesses paddling in the water when he began to struggle and drowned.

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