Man drowns near Lake Murray Dam

Man drowns near Lake Murray Dam

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (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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