Crete Man Drowns While Swimming at Branched Oak Lake

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A man drowned while swimming with his family at Branched Oak Lake Saturday, July 11.

Guerrero Perales, 67, of Crete, had been swimming at the Area 10 beach when a family member realized he had walked or swam toward the buoy line that separates the swimming area from the lake and not returned.

Perales' family called 911 around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Dive teams first searched for Perales, but were unsuccessful. Two teams of emergency responders in boats equipped with side scan sonar recovered his body at approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Emergency responders included personnel from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Department, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Raymond Fire and Rescue, Ceresco Fire and Rescue, Lincoln Fire and Rescue and the Nebraska State Patrol.