Man drowns near Lake Murray Dam - - Columbia, South Carolina

Man drowns near Lake Murray Dam

(Source: WIS) (Source: WIS)

The Lexington County Coroner has identified the man she says drowned in Lake Murray early Sunday morning.

Coroner Margaret Fisher says 23-year-old Austin Carson was swimming with a friend in the public swimming area near the Lake Murray Dam when he died some time around 2:00 a.m.

According to emergency officials, Carson was struggling to stay afloat. His body was recovered a short time later. 

An autopsy performed Sunday confirmed Carson drowned. 

Fisher said the swimming area was closed at the time of the drowning and Carson and a friend climbed a fence to get to the lake. 

The Lexington County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate.

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