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Body of missing swimmer found

CAIRO -- The body of Felton Moore was recovered from the Ochlockonee River by divers around 4:30 p.m. Monday after Moore failed to surface from the swift moving waters Sunday night.

Search and rescue workers said Monday that Moore's body was discovered about 25 yards from where he was last seen.

According to reports from area law enforcement agencies, the 36-year-old Moore was swimming with friends and family late Sunday evening when he waded out to a deeper area of the river and went under.

Mike Binion of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Moore was walking along a sandbar of the Ochlockonee River when he suddenly went under the water.

"He (Moore) walked out to where he was waist-deep and chest-deep in the water and he went under where the sandbar suddenly drops off," said Binion.

The Grady County Sheriff's Office said Monday that Moore never resurfaced from the water and the current was too strong for others to try and pull the 36-year-old to safety.

Moore was reportedly swimming at a popular swimming spot off of Dickey Ferry Landing in Cairo.

A rescue attempt for Moore was launched late Sunday evening, but severe thunderstorms paired with poor cell phone service in the area hindered efforts by local law enforcement and search and rescue teams.

"The weather got too bad to continue the search," Binion said. "We had to call it off early because it was getting too dangerous out there in the water."

Law enforcement officials said around 9 a.m. Monday, the search for the Climax man resumed when dive teams began combing the river for Moore's body.

Binion said a cadaver dog and sonar equipment were being brought to Cairo to aide in search efforts, before divers discovered Moore's body.

Investigators said Moore was described by friends and family members as a weak swimmer.