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Guyton man drowns at Steel Bridge
Teen was swimming with friends Saturday
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A Guyton man drowned Saturday while swimming with others in the Ogeechee River at the Steel Bridge Landing.


Austin James King, 19, was swinging from a rope and jumped into the river, but never surfaced, Effingham County Coroner David Exley said.


Both Bulloch County and Effingham County sheriff's deputies, first-responders and EMS responded to the 911 call just before noon. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources also responded and took lead of the investigation, said Bulloch County Sheriff's Capt. Tod Hutchens.


No foul play is suspected, said Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch, who also responded.


King's body was recovered by Effingham-Guyton Fire and Rescue a short time later near the spot he was last seen, Exley said.


King's body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Savannah for an autopsy, he said.

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