DNR: Body of Lake Murray drowning victim found, second drowning in a week

DNR: Body of Lake Murray drowning victim found, second drowning in a week
Published: Jun. 23, 2018 at 10:52 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2018 at 2:22 PM EDT
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LAKE MURRAY, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has confirmed they have located the body of a drowning victim that authorities have been searching for on Lake Murray since Saturday evening, making this the second drowning victim found on the lake in less than a week.

The victim's body was located around 11 a.m. Sunday morning near the Coast Guard Station on Lake Murray. DNR confirms the victim is a 65-year-old male but the coroner has not released his identity just yet.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department initiated their investigation Saturday night with Lexington County officials assisting, saying that the call occurred around 6:15 p.m. SCDNR has since taken command of the incident.

DNR said the victim was on a boat with some friends and family when he jumped into the lake and never came back up. The people called authorities after they tried to find him but couldn't.

The incident is occurred roughly 500 yards away from the "Coast Guard" station, per RCSD.

Last Sunday, a 47-year-old man disappeared near the Liberty Tap Room & Grill while he was swimming with his family.

WIS News 10 will update this story as more information becomes available.

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