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Update: Body recovered from Appomattox River

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Chesterfield Fire and EMS crews confirm a body has been recovered from the Appomattox River.

We are told a man was out on the river near Campbell's Bridge with some friends around 1:15 p.m. Saturday when he was swept away.

Crews form Chesterfield and Petersburg responded to this scene and started rescue efforts, but his body was found about 10 minutes later.   

Fire crews don't know if the friends were wearing life jackets but say they haven't seen water levels this high or this dangerous in a very long time.

"Obviously with the amount of rain we've had recently is bringing the current and water level up and the swiftness of the water as well," said Chesterfield Fire and EMS Shift Commander Robert Lukhard. "Even people think it's a nice way to cool off that water is moving a lot swifter than it appears. It could even take a good swimmer out very quickly."

Chesterfield Police has not released the man's name at this time, but we will keep you posted as soon as updates are available.

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