Drowning victim recovered from Lake Keowee ID’d

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OCONEE Co., S.C. – Emergency crews recovered a man’s body from Lake Keowee after responding to a possible drowning.

Oconee County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Ryan Eubanks said crews responded just before 7 p.m. Tuesday to the Fall Creek Landing area.

On Wednesday, the Oconee County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Thomas Landon Gallman.

A dive crew found the 27-year-old Thomas Gallman’s body about 10 to 15 minutes after starting their search, Eubanks said.

According to the Oconee County Coroner’s Office, Gallman and his friends went to Fall Creek around 5 p.m. and swam to the island known as The Rock.

Gallman disappeared under the water while attempting to swim after a bottle that floated away, according to the coroner’s office. One of his friends attempted to rescue him but was unsuccessful.

Eubanks said they found Gallman near the jumping rock area, where most of the drownings happen, and were able to pull him from the lake at around 7:25 p.m.

Thomas Gallman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation has been turned over to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the Oconee County Coroner’s Office, according to Eubanks.

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