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3 Indian Americans die after falling in frozen lake in Arizona, USA

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ice on Arizona lake

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 three were walking on Woods Canyon Lake, about 30 miles from the central Arizona city of Payson, when they fell through.

The victims have been identified as Narayana Muddana, 49, Gokul Mediseti, 47, and Haritha Muddana, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said. Haritha Muddana’s age was unclear.

“The missing men are located deceased and 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, Arizona and are originally from India,” Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Chandler is a suburb of Phoenix.

Officials said they were able to pull Haritha from the water soon after and administered life-saving measures but were unsuccessful and she died at the scene, it said.

They lived in Chandler, Arizona, and were originally from India, officials said.

Emergency crews found Haritha Muddana’s body on Monday night and continued to search for the other victims.

“Responding deputies and fire units were able to pull the female from the water and administer life-saving measures but were unsuccessful,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.

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