Rescuers look for missing swimmer on Tar River

Associated Press

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FALKLAND, N.C. — Authorities say they continue to look for a 51-year-old man who disappeared as he swam in the Tar River in Pitt County.

Rescuers said Kenneth Skaggs was swimming with his family near Falkland around 4:30 p.m. Friday when he dove off a ramp.

Family members say they saw him come up and start swimming. When they turned back around, Skaggs had gone under.

Firefighters and a dive team looked for Skaggs until sundown Friday and started the search again at dawn Saturday.

Authorities say the Tar River was flowing fast and rising quickly after recent rains.

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