PELZER, S.C. (WSPA) – An Anderson man was found dead Wednesday evening in the Saluda River.
According to the Anderson County Coroner’s Office, the body of Joshua Tyrese Fair, 23 was recovered from the river by emergency responders at around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The coroner’s office said Fair appeared to have drowned in the river.
A preliminary investigation revealed Fair was at the river with a friend fishing Wednesday afternoon and he dropped his cell phone in the river. According to his friend, as they were preparing to leave, Fair went back to the area where he lost his phone and fell into the water.
He was not wearing a life jacket and the coroner’s office said alcohol may have been a contributing factor.
Emergency crews were first called to the river around 5 p.m.
Deputies along with Emergency Response, Marine 1, firefighters, and drone units all responded to Capers Street in Pelzer near the Saluda River in regards to the call.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was also sent in to search for Fair.
This incident is still under investigation and we will update this story as more information becomes available.