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Coroner identifies two victims who died after going underwater at Lake Cumberland

Hunters found two people Monday afternoon who went missing in Cassia County on Sunday (Source: MGN).
Hunters found two people Monday afternoon who went missing in Cassia County on Sunday (Source: MGN).(KMVT)
Published: Jun. 6, 2020 at 4:03 AM EDT
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Updated 06/09/2020

Officials have identified two international students who died at Lake Cumberland.

The Russell County Coroner tells our sister station WKYT the two victims are Yanqi Xing, 23, and Guan Lian, 23.

Both of them were from China and were studying at Miami University of Ohio.

Reports say four people were swimming at the time when their houseboat began drifting away. The two other swimmers were picked up by another boat. Xing and Lian reportedly were trying to catch the houseboat when they disappeared from sight.

Updated 06/08/2020

After days of searching for missing swimmers, our sister station

reports that search crews have recovered two bodies from Lake Cumberland.

Russell County Emergency Manager H.M. Bottom says crews picked something up on sonar Sunday evening. A robot was used to help recover the two bodies later that night and into Monday morning.

He then said they were transferred to County Coroner Mark Coots for identification and autopsy.

Updated 06/07/2020

Search crews are again on the water as they look for the two swimmers who went missing June 5.

Searchers have been on the water daily since that day but have yet to find either.

Multiple agencies including teams from Russell, Wayne, Boone, Barren, and Pulaski counties are aiding in the search.

Flyers are being passed out to visitors seeking volunteers for the search effort.

As of now,

has no confirmation that official channels have issued a request for volunteers.

Russell County Emergency Manager H.M. Bottom has confirmed some additional details about the two lost swimmers.

Both are international students and Bottom says the families have been notified through their respective embassies.

Original Story 06/06/2020

Russell County officials are reporting that two swimmers in Lake Cumberland are missing.

It happened on Friday between Jamestown Marina and Wolfe Creek Dam.

The Russell County Emergency Manager says four people were swimming when their houseboat began drifting away.

They say two men in their 20s went after the boat and are still moving, while two other swimmers were picked up by another boat.

Officials say rescue crews called off their search Friday evening but plan on being out on the water again Saturday morning.

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