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Man dies after jumping into lake to help struggling child, South Carolina cops say

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A man didn’t resurface after he jumped into a South Carolina lake to help a young swimmer, deputies said.

It happened around 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, on Lake Keowee near High Falls County Park in Oconee County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said a group was boating in a cove when a child who was swimming nearby began to struggle. A man jumped into the water to help but never came back up, deputies said.

His body was found hours later around 8:45 p.m., according to a news release.

The man was identified as 35-year-old Caleb Cohen of Spartanburg, Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis confirmed. His cause and manner of death was ruled an accidental drowning.

Authorities didn’t release additional information, including the condition of the child.

Oconee County is about 150 miles northwest of Columbia.

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