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North Augusta blind man the fifth person to drown in eastern Georgia's Thurmond Lake in 2015

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AUGUSTA, Georgia — Authorities say a blind man has drowned at an eastern Georgia lake.

Multiple media outlets report that 52-year-old David Fliehler of North Augusta was swimming with his family Sunday in Thurmond Lake when he did not emerge from the water.

McCormick County Deputy Coroner Christopher Doolittle says a dive team was called to the scene and soon after recovered Fliehler's body.

Doolittle says Fliehler was not wearing a flotation device.

This is the fifth drowning at the lake this year.

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