NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) -- Newberry County deputies say a 42-year-old man has drowned while swimming in a creek with his family.

Authorities say family members called 911 around 1:30 p.m. Saturday and said Christian Pearson walked into the creek, then suddenly went under and did not come back to the surface.

Deputies say divers found Pearson's body about three hours later.

Sheriff Lee Foster says Pearson drowned near pumps used for power generation and water levels can fluctuate in the area.

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