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Rescue teams await word from Union County Coroner William Holcombe in the area of John Meador Road and River Road in Union County after dive teams recovered the body of a man who drowned. The Newberry County Water Rescue Dive Team assisted in the search.
Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times
Rescue teams await word from Union County Coroner William Holcombe in the area of John Meador Road and River Road in Union County after dive teams recovered the body of a man who drowned. The Newberry County Water Rescue Dive Team assisted in the search.
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UNION COUNTY — The Newberry County Water Rescue Dive Team assisted in recovering the body of a Jonesville man who fell into the Broad River while swimming with some friends on Wednesday afternoon.


The body of Todd Michael Moore, 25, of 2543 Meansville Road in Jonesville, was pulled from water 10 to 12 feet deep around 11 a.m. Thursday, according to team member Glenn Hamm.


Dr. John Flood, leader of Union County Rescue Dive Team, said Moore was with a group of friends walking the Tate Wilkes sand bar on the Broad River when he stepped off a shelf that runs by the sand bar and did not resurface.


Flood said Moore’s friends called 911 and Union’s dive team who then contacted Newberry.


“We work well together,” Flood said about the dive teams.


According to Hamm, Station 17, Union County Rescue, Station 14 and their boats, Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Natural Resources, and Union, Newberry, and Spartanburg’s dive teams assisted with the recovery.


Flood said they began looking for the body around 4 p.m. Wednesday but suspended the search around 9 p.m. because of the weather. They resumed Thursday morning.


Without the group effort, Flood said it would not have been possible.


Moore’s body was located 20 feet from where he went missing, said Union County Sheriff David Taylor.


Taylor said Moore’s family said he was not an avid swimmer.


Taylor stated that foul play is not suspected and the incident does not appear to be suspicious in nature. He did say that this case would remain active, pending the autopsy and toxicology results. Taylor said the autopsy was being performed in Newberry County to determine the cause of death.

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