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Searchers find bodies of 2 men swept away in White River

The bodies of two Indianapolis men swept away by current have been recovered from a southern Indiana river, state officials said Wednesday.

Posted: Jul 23, 2020 8:04 AM

WILLIAMS, Ind. (AP) — The bodies of two Indianapolis men swept away by current have been recovered from a southern Indiana river, state officials said Wednesday.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says conservation officers recovered the bodies from the White River in Lawrence County. The body of Cung Hu, 38, was located around noon about a half-mile south of the Williams Dam. Six hours later, conservation officers found the body of Hrang Mang, 42.

Witnesses said the men were overcome by the current and swept away Tuesday morning while trying to wade across the East Fork of the White River's main channel to an island just downstream of the Williams Dam.

Conservation officers joined the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department in a daylong, unsuccessful search Tuesday for the men. That search, using diver, boats and sonar, resumed early Wednesday, said conservation officer Jim Hash.

Hash said the river search became a recovery effort near the village of Williams, located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Bloomington.

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