A man drowned Thursday in the lake at Magic Johnson Park in Willowbrook where swimming is not permitted.

Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel were searching for the man in the lake at about 6:30 p.m. after receiving reports from witnesses who said they saw him struggling in the water about 40 yards from the shore, according to a department statement.

The fire department announced at about 7:15 p.m. that the man was pulled from the bottom of the lake and pronounced dead at the scene.

His name was not immediately released.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department advised the public to swim only in designated areas with a lifeguard on duty.

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