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North Carolina diver's body found in South Carolina river

Posted October 10

— The body of a missing North Carolina diver has been found in a South Carolina river.

Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said the body of 59-year-old Clark Fletcher of Hickory, North Carolina, was found Monday in the Cooper River near Cypress Gardens.

Fletcher had been missing since he went diving in the river Saturday. Salisbury said the search was complicated by low visibility and a swift-moving current.

Fletcher and three others were with a commercial dive master when Fletcher disappeared.

Sheriff Duane Lewis said the U.S. Coast Guard and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources helped in the search.

Authorities said Fletcher was a certified diver who had made 70 dives.

An autopsy was scheduled Tuesday at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston.

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