ANDERSON, S.C. — Authorities say a 33-year-old Athens, Ga., man has drowned in a South Carolina lake while on a church outing.
Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said Elio Segura went under Saturday afternoon at Lake Hartwell while swimming back from a buoy about 60 yards from shore.
Authorities say it took divers about two hours to find Segura’s body at the Singing Pines Recreation Area near the South Carolina-Georgia state line.
McCown says lower than normal lake levels mean the water depth at Lake Hartwell increases more rapidly than some swimmers might expect.
McCown says this is the first drowning this year at the lake.