Body of Wateree River boater recovered

dprice@thestate.comJuly 8, 2013 


— After more than a day of searching, the body of a 44-year-old man who disappeared in the Wateree River was recovered Monday.

44-year-old Michael Thompson disappeared under the river’s flood-swollen waters about 11 p.m. Saturday night when his boat struck something and capsized about two miles north of U.S. 1.

A friend in the boat quickly resurfaced, but Thompson’s body wasn’t seen again until about 5 p.m., when a searcher found it near the spot of the boat, DNR Capt. Robert McCullough said.

Thompson’s friend floated down river until she found a fisherman who went and got help.

The search for Thompson, who is from Kershaw County, got underway Sunday morning once the sun came up. The Wateree River’s high waters made the search more difficult, McCullough said, but the body was found shortly after it probably resurfaced Monday afternoon.

An autopsy on Thompson’s body will be performed Tuesday, Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said.

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