Graniteville man's body pulled from Langley Pond

Friday, July 12, 2013 9:49 AM
Last updated 9:34 PM
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Authorities pulled a man’s body from Langley Pond on Friday.

He was identified as Byron Coleman, 22, of Graniteville. An autopsy is scheduled in Newberry, S.C.

Officials had been searching for Coleman since Wednesday afternoon, when he went missing while swimming with friends at the 250-acre pond. Burnettown Police Chief David Paul Smith said the Department of Natural Resources returned to the pond and found Coleman near the surface between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Friday.

Smith said Coleman met William C. Bailey Jr. and Bailey’s girlfriend at the park. The three decided to move to an area that is not set aside for swimming.

Authorities said Coleman told Bailey he was going to swim to a sand bar.

The men were within 30 feet of each other when they began to struggle in the water.

Two people nearby entered the water to assist but were able to reach only Bailey in time.

Bailey, 21, was taken to an Augusta hospital and was soon released. Police originally said Bailey was in critical condition, but Smith said he later learned authorities had been given bad information.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/12/13 - 09:54 am
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A non swimming area? No accident here. Sad loss of life.
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A non swimming area? No accident here. Sad loss of life.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/12/13 - 10:07 am
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Editor

I think this story needs some editing. Too many unidentified men and too many mention of "friends."

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/12/13 - 11:19 am
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Thank you

The article has been re-written and is better, now.

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rmwhitley 07/12/13 - 06:28 pm
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God bless
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Mr. Coleman's soul.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 07/12/13 - 07:27 pm
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I'm curious as to why the men

I'm curious as to why the men were "struggling".

Were they both just tired of swimming (seems unlikely). Did they get tangled up in something?

Just curious, as I canoe on that pond occasionally.

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mosovich 07/12/13 - 08:47 pm
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Tired..

I have no idea how far the sand bar was away, but used to be a competitive swimmer and I can tell you, when you tire, your arms just turn into jelly and that's all you can do.. I think they underestimated a distance, it's easy to do on water.. Sad story..

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KSL 07/13/13 - 01:59 am
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Drown proofing needs to be

Drown proofing needs to be taught to all who swim or go boating.

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curly123053 07/13/13 - 08:48 am
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Prayers for the family

Another media reports to two were horseplaying with each other in the water prior to them struggling and needing help. Even in that other story which I think was put out by a local TV station the police chief stated the two were horseplaying and wound up in trouble. Either way this is a sad event.

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