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Worth County man drowns in pond

July 10, 2006

Worth County-- A Worth County man drowned while swimming with friends. It took divers about an hour to recover the body.  

The Worth County Rescue Dive team searched a pond off of W A Patterson Road Monday evening. The Worth County Sheriff's Department received the call a little before 5 p.m. about a possible drowning.

Officials say seven or eight people were at the pond when 23-year-old Norman Thorpe went under.  They say a friend called 911 after they were unable to find him.  

"Upon arrival, his friend said that he had went under and one of them tried to go down and his friend stated that he felt like he grabbed hold of his ankle and they come back up and there was no sign of him," says Captain Tom Whittington of the Worth County Fire Department.  

Divers found Thorpe a little before 7 p.m. in 12 feet of water. Officials urge everyone to be careful in the water. Don't combine drinking with swimming and wear a life jacket if you're not confident in your swimming abilities.  

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