ANDERSON CO., SC (WSPA) – Rescue crews are still searching for a possible drowning victim at Lake Hartwell.
Two people were on their way back in to Portman Marina Sunday night around 9:15 p.m. when they hit rough water.
Both people were ejected without life vest.
One person was able to swim back to the boat, but the other — a 26-year-old — is still reported to be missing.
Rescuers searched an area near Portman Marina through the night and into Monday afternoon.
Crews have worked around the clock all night searching for the man, but said they have faced some tough challenges.
“With this weather, it’s dangerous even for us to be out on the water. The wind change and the rain, and other factors with the weather, is hampering it a good deal,” Ryan Hering, with Anderson Technical Rescue, said.
Lake Hartwell also presents its own challenges. Searchers told us that at times visibility is only a foot to 5 feet underwater, so they are being careful and taking their time as they search.
On Monday morning, the search area had narrowed to a quarter square mile of area of Lake Hartwell between Portman Marina and Highway 24.
At least 30 people were searching an area of the lake more than 100 feet deep.
Crews are also searching on land for the missing boater.