Fisherman drowns in Lake Hartwell in Anderson Co.

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ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) – A fisherman’s body has been recovered from Lake Hartwell after he drowned during a tournament.

The coroner identified the victim as Robert Lee Carroll, 69, of Hodges, S.C.

Carroll was participating in a fishing tournament that began Saturday morning and was reported missing after not returning for the weigh-in at 3 p.m. Saturday, the Anderson County Coroner’s Office said in a release.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said an empty boat was spotted later Saturday’s afternoon.

Searchers found Carroll’s boat near Waldrop’s Boat Landing.

The coroner said Carroll’s body was found Sunday morning about 55 feet from the shore.

Carroll apparently fell from his boat and drowned.

“According to the victim’s family the decedent was an avid fisherman, but was not a good swimmer. The victim did not have a personal flotation device on at the time he went into the water,” the coroner’s office said.

Coroner Don McCown confirmed a card was found on Carroll that said “President of Bass Anglers Association,” but said the card did not specify if the association was state or local.

The Greenville News reports Carroll was president of the Bass Angler Association of South Carolina.

His drowning is being investigated by the Anderson County Coroner’s Office and DNR.

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