Thursday, December 14, 2017
Public safety

Search crews unable to find Tampa man's body in river

TAMPA — Search crews in South Carolina were again unable Saturday to retrieve the body of a Tampa man who died in a rafting accident this week, authorities said.

Thomas P. Hill, 50, fell off a raft Wednesday into the Chattooga River, according to the U.S. Forest Service, about 100 miles west of Greenville, near the Georgia state line.

Hill was caught by rocks under the water and drowned. Search crews found his body late Thursday, but water levels were too high, according to a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman. River currents moved the body Friday and crews were unable to find it Saturday.

The search for his body will resume this morning.

Hill, a sales manager with Sherwin-Williams and a father of four, had been rafting on a company retreat.

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