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Funeral being held for deputy who drowned during exercise

Posted at 6:59 AM, Jun 06, 2017

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A funeral is being held for a South Carolina sheriff’s deputy who drowned when his lifejacket got caught on a boat propeller during a training exercise.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office says the service for Deputy Devin Hodges will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Anderson Civic Center.

Authorities say Hodges, another deputy and an official from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were training Thursday on Lake Hartwell when all three were thrown from the boat. Coroner Greg Shore says Hodges drowned when his lifejacket got caught on a propeller, pinning the 30-year-old deputy underwater.

Officials initially believed the driverless boat circled back and struck Hodges. But Shore says an autopsy showed no significant propeller injuries.

It’s still unclear why the three were thrown from the boat.