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Dad, 7-year-old son drown while fishing in Florida river

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Authorities say they've recovered the bodies of a man and his 7-year-old son a day after they were swept away by the current while fishing on a Florida river.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office told news outlets that deputies were alerted Saturday afternoon when 36-year-old Eric Smart and his son Derrick were swept in the river. Authorities say a man was spotted trying to swim back with a boy in his arms.

Officials found the father's body late Saturday. The boy's body was recovered on Sunday afternoon.

Police are investigating but foul play isn't suspected.