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Birthday Boat Party Turns Deadly: Body of Indian Man Found by Divers

HENDERSON COVE, NJ- The body of a missing Indian man, Avinash Kuna, 32, of Parsippany, NJ, who went missing after he stepped off a boat for a swim in Lake Hopatcong last weekend, was found by divers on Monday, according to media reports.

NJ Advance Media reported Kuna’s body was recovered shortly after 6 p.m. from the waters in Henderson Cove, N.J. State Police said in a statement Tuesday morning.

Kuna was last seen on Saturday morning when he entered the water from a pontoon boat and submerged without resurfacing, state police said.

The software engineer, who friends say dreamed of being an entrepreneur, was celebrating his birthday with friends on the rented boat, according to a GoFundMe page created to raise money to send Kuna’s body back to India and help his family financially. As of Tuesday morning, the GoFundMe had raised nearly $38,000.

Jay Majeti, who created the GoFundMe page, thanked law enforcement for their efforts.

The friends who were with Kuna said when he stepped off the boat he screamed that something was trying to grab him, Attempts to pull him to safety were unsuccessful and he went under, state police said.

A woman who witnessed Kuna entering the water shot video of the emergency response that took place afterward. She said the swimmer panicked and “fell out of his vest” and went under water.

According to Kuna’s Facebook page, he works as a systems programmer for UPS and is founder of a software development company.