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WADESBORO, N.C. -- The Anson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the drowning of a 26-year-old man on Monday.

The incident happened at Pee Dee River near Lilesville around 7 p.m., according to deputies.

Witnesses told officers that Matthew Callahan, of Rockingham, was swimming across the cove when he appeared to be in some distress.

One person attempted to swim out to him but he went under before they could get to him and never surfaced again, according to officers.

Rescue Squads from Anson and Richmond Counties responded to the scene. The body was recovered around 11 p.m., authorities said.

Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said that this appears to be a tragic accident.

These things start happening this time of the year. This is kind of a remote area but is a place often used for swimming, partying, drinking and such; people come from both counties, even though it s on the Anson County side. The water is still pretty cold. We re not sure what contributed to his distress. Allen said.

Allen said he would not know if alcohol or hypothermia was involved until after the medical examiner finished their investigation.

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