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Search continues for body of Hardin County drowning victim

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

COUNCE, Tenn -- A West Tennessee family stood watching and waiting, as emergency crews searched for the body of their missing loved one, Thursday.

"It's rough knowing he's still underwater," Kenneth Killingsworth, the victim's brother said.

Volunteers from Hardin County Fire Department have spent Wednesday and Thursday searching for the body of Michael Sherron. Fire Chief and EMA Director, Melvin Martin said Sherron drowned late Wednesday afternoon in the Tennessee River while swimming with a friend.

Officials said during the day, currents increase because of a nearby generator from a power plant.

"The currents got swift and took them out further," Chief Martin said. "And it took them out further than expected and he didn't make it back to shore."

Recovery crews aren't sure how far downstream currents swept Sherron's body. As they look, family members have been standing near the river bank watching with hope.

"They may have to wait until he floats to the top," Killingsworth said about his brother. "It may just take some time."

Officials said they plan to search throughout the day, Thursday, until they find the body. They will resume their search Friday at 7 a.m.
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