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Missing swimmer in Ogeechee River found dead

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EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

A swimmer who went missing in the Ogeechee River in Effingham County has been found dead.

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office along with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources found the body of the swimmer near Steel Bridge located on the Ogeechee River at Ga. 119 at the Bulloch County line.

Bulloch County dispatch received a call Saturday around 5:25 pm that a man jumped off the bridge into the river. 

"He was down for eight minutes. We have recovered a body. It became a recovery instead of a rescue." said Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie, ECSO.

A witness was able to direct rescuers to where the man's body was found. Investigators are holding his identity until the family is notified.

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