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NC man drowns in Blacksburg creek

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A life vest lies along the shores of Lake Hartwell. (File/FOX Carolina) A life vest lies along the shores of Lake Hartwell. (File/FOX Carolina)
BLACKSBURG, SC (AP) -

A North Carolina man drowned in a Cherokee County creek on Saturday.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said the victim was 44-year-old Chad Clayton of Gastonia.

Fowler said Clayton was at a recreational area of Kings Creek about eight miles east of Blacksburg late Saturday afternoon. Witnesses said Clayton stumbled into the water and then went under.

Another swimmer found him in about 3 feet of water and pulled him to shore where CPR was administered until paramedics and the local fire department arrived.

Clayton was taken to Upstate Carolina Medical Center in Gaffney where he was pronounced dead.

The coroner said family members said Clayton was a good swimmer and had visited the site for years. Fowler said the drowning was an accident.

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