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Man drowns in Kanawha River, police say

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fayette County deputies believe a Powellton man drowned while attempting to swim across the Kanawha River Saturday night.

David Jones, 47, went missing just around 8:30 p.m. while swimming at Kanawha Falls in the area of Boonesboro Road, according to a release from the Fayette County sheriff.

A witness who was swimming with Jones at the time said he and another person were trying to swim across the river.

The other swimmer was about three-fourths of the way across the river and looked back to see Jones floating and resting during the swim. The person crossed the river and was unable to find Jones.

A person spotted a deputy and asked him for assistance just after 11 p.m., according to police.

Deputies checked the area but did not find the swimmer.

Because it was dark, police ended the search for the evening around 1:30 a.m. and started again around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Members of the Gauley Bridge, Smithers and Montgomery fire departments as well as some from the National Park Service and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources were assisting in the search.

Police say they do not suspect foul play.

The incident is under investigation by Deputy W.K. Willis and the Detective Bureau of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office and by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.


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