Three Indian Americans die after falling in frozen lake in Arizona

Woods Canyon Lake, Arizona. Photo: By US Forest Service – [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Three Indian Americans, including a woman, have died after falling through the ice while walking on a frozen lake in Arizona, the Coconino County administration announced in a statement. The incident appears to have taken place Dec. 26, 2022.

The incident took place at Woods Canyon Lake and the bodies have been recovered. The deceased men have been identified as Narayana Muddana, 49 and Gokul Mediseti, 47. The woman has been identified as Haritha Muddana.

In a statement issued on December 27, Coconino County said that the deputies from the Forest Lakes Substation responded to Woods Canyon Lake at 3:35 pm (local time) for the report of three people, including two males and one female who were walking on the frozen lake and fell through the ice.

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“The missing men have been located deceased and have been identified as Narayana Muddana, 49 and Gokul Mediseti, 47. The female victim has been identified as Haritha Muddana (age unknown). The three victims resided in Chandler, AZ and are originally from India.,” Coconino County Arizona announced in a statement.

Responding deputies and fire units were able to pull the female from the water and took life-saving measures. However, the woman’s life could not be saved. The search operation continued for the two male individuals who had also fallen in the lake. Deputies used a boat to conduct an expanded search of the area, the Coconino County Arizona announced in a statement and added that the two male victims had been found.

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