City, county and state rescue and recovery experts today found the body of a Board River swimmer who disappeared in its brown waters near downtown Columbia Saturday.
The body was found in about 14 feet of water and pulled out about 11:20 a.m., said S.C. Department of Natural Resources Lt. Robert McCullough.
No identity was immediately available, but McCullough said the man was a Hispanic who apparently had been doing some construction work near the river.
When Saturday afternoon got hot, the man and fellow workers decided to cool off in the river, McCullough said.
But the drowned man could not swim.
“He was walking out to the some rocks when he disappeared,” McCullough said.
“There are some deep holes out there, and he apparently stepped in one.”
McCullough recommended that people know the body of water they want to swim in and wear a life jacket if they aren’t a good swimmer.
“Be very cautious,” said McCullough. “I can tell you, moving water is very dangerous.”
McCullough said DNR sent a helicopter downriver Sunday morning to look for a body. When none turned up, that helped recovery workers focus their search, he said.
Besides DNR, the Columbia police and fire departments and the Richland County Sheriff’s office assisted in the search. Sheriff’s divers found the body.