UNION — After two days of search and rescue efforts, the body of a Jonesville man was recovered from Broad River Thursday morning.
Around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sheriff David Taylor announced that the body of 25-year-old Todd Michael Moore, of 2543 Meansville Road, Jonesville, had been found.
Taylor said the Union County 911 Center received a call at 3:52 p.m. Wednesday about a swimmer in distress on Broad River in the area of John Meador Road and River Road. The Union County Sheriff’s Office responded with the Union County Rescue Squad Dive Team. Deputies spoke with witnesses who stated the subject was swimming in about four-five feet of water, went under and never surfaced.
Taylor said South Carolina DNR responded along with a Newberry County Dive Team to assist with the efforts, but due to severe thunderstorms in the area at the time of the call, efforts were delayed for approximately 45 minutes. Emergency personnel continued with efforts until around 9 p.m. Wednesday, when they had to call of the search due to more severe thunderstorms in the search area. Efforts were postponed until 8 a.m. Thursday.
“We were unable to find him last night because we had to battle the elements of the water and the elements of the weather,” Taylor said Thursday.
When efforts resumed Thursday, Union County Sheriff’s Office personnel, Union County Dive Team, South Carolina DNR, Newberry Dive Team, and Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded to the search location.
Taylor said Moore’s body was found around 11 a.m. and taken out of the water around 11:15 a.m. Moore was pronounced dead by county coroner William Holcombe around noon Thursday. Holcombe ordered an autopsy for Thursday evening at Newberry Pathology Associates.
Taylor said Moore had come to the river to swim with friends, stepped out into the water, and went under, never resurfacing. Taylor said Moore’s body was found within 20 feet of where witnesses said he went down. Taylor said that area of the river was 14 feet deep Wednesday night and 12.4 feet deep on Thursday.
“It fluctuates like that, so when you swim in an area like that, it’s hard to determine where you are as far as depth,” Taylor said.
Taylor also said members of Moore’s family mentioned that he was not an avid swimmer.
“Any time you swim on the river, you need to be aware of your surroundings,” Taylor said. “If you can’t swim, the river is not a good place for you to be.”
Taylor stated that foul play is not suspected and this incident does not appear to be suspicious in nature. He did say that this case would remain active, pending the autopsy and toxicology results.
Sheriff Taylor said he was pleased with the joint effort of his department and the resources of the SCDNR, Union County Rescue Squad and Dive Team, Newberry County Dive Team and Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team. Taylor said he wants to thank all who were involved in the search and recovery efforts.