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Rescuers search for missing man in Chattooga River

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The Oconee County Dive Team will assist in the search and recovery of a missing TN man presumed dead. (July 14, 2012/FOX Carolina) The Oconee County Dive Team will assist in the search and recovery of a missing TN man presumed dead. (July 14, 2012/FOX Carolina)
LONG CREEK, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Rescuers are searching for a missing man in the Chattooga River near Long Creek after they said they believe he drowned on Saturday.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said a 58-year-old man from Nashville, TN, was on a commercial rafting tour with seven others, when the raft overturned at the Jaw Bone Rapid.

All eight people, including the man's wife and grandson, were thrown from the raft, but the others were able to get back in.

Addis said the victim continued to float downstream, wearing a life jacket and helmet. He was last seen dipping below the water and is presumed to have drowned.

Rescuers said the river is rising because of rain earlier in the week and said it may take days before the water is safe for rescue crews to finish their search.

As of Sunday afternoon, Addis said the body hadn't been located.

On Monday, Addis said the man, Michael Dorris, 58, was still missing. He is the owner of Bentex Services Inc., a long haul trucking company based in Nashville.

Oconee County Emergency Services is coordinating the search for Dorris.

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