Richland Coroner Watts identifies Broad River drowning victim

05/25/2014 8:20 PM

05/25/2014 9:44 PM

The man who drowned over the weekend in the Broad River near Columbia was identified Sunday as a 30-year-old Columbia man.

Nathaniel David King, of Oak Street, died of asphyxiation due to drowning, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Sunday. Oak Street is in downtown Columbia.

King drowned near the north end of the Columbia Canal and Riverfront walk late Sunday afternoon.

King’s body was pulled from the river Saturday night after a four-hour search by divers with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

He had been swimming in the river when other realized he disappeared.

DNR used divers in the water and a plane flying overhead to help search the area.

The area where the drowning occurred is a popular section of the river for recreation, McCullough said.

According to experts, river swimming is far more treacherous than swimming in a pool. Rivers have tricky currents, invisible hazards such as rocks and submerged branches and low-visibility water.

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