Rescue crews called off their search Thursday afternoon for a man that may have drowned in Langley Pond on Wednesday.
Chief David Paul Smith, of the Burnettown Police Department, said crews halted their search about 5 p.m. due to thunderstorms approaching the area.
“The divers have covered everything they can cover within a reasonable distance of where the person was last seen,” he said.
rews from the Department of Natural Resources and the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division were expected to continue searching on today.
In addition, the Burnettown Police Department is also looking for Byron Alexander Coleman of Graniteville, who Smith said may be missing.
Coleman reportedly matches the description of the man who “went under” at the pond on Wednesday. He has not been in contact with his family, Smith said.
Smith said he is not making a direct connection between Coleman and the man who may have drowned, only that authorities are investigating both leads.
“We're going to keep searching until the effort is exhausted,” Smith said of the Department of Natural Resources dive team that is searching the pond.
An emergency call was received at about 5 p.m. Wednesday that three swimmers – two men and a woman – were in distress at Langley Pond. One of the male swimmers was pulled from the water and transported to an area hospital in critical condition. The female swimmer reportedly followed him to the hospital.
The second male swimmer has not yet been located. The three had been swimming in a no-swim area of Langley Pond.
Smith said the man taken to the hospital and the female had just met the missing man earlier on Wednesday.