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Missing Lugoff man’s body found Monday afternoon

Posted: July 9, 2013 6:08 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The body of a 44-year-old Lugoff man that went missing after he fell out of his boat into the Wateree River was found late Monday afternoon.  Michael Thompson fell out of his boat into the Wateree River around 11 p.m. Saturday after he and a female friend hit debris in the river, according to Camden Fire Department Chief John Bowers, who also acts as director the Camden-Kershaw County Rescue Squad (C-KCRS).

After the boat overturned, the woman was able to get back into the boat and was eventually found by a fisherman she and Thompson had reportedly talked with briefly before starting upstream, Bowers said. Thompson’s body was located by C-KCRS around 4:15 p.m. near the Lugoff landing, he said. The body was recovered a short distance from the original incident location, he said. Bowers said the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, Lugoff Fire Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office were out all day Sunday and Monday trying to help locate Thompson.

Neither Thompson nor the woman were wearing life vests, Bowers said.

Bowers said debris, such as tree logs, can get stuck in various areas when the river is at its normal level. Due to recent heavy rains, the river was high causing more debris to be floating in the river. Bowers said a number of factors, including the temperature of the water, can affect how fast a body will resurface in these types of situations.

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