Missing kayaker found dead in Oconee Co.

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OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A kayaker has died as a result of drowning over the weekend.

At about 2:15 a.m. Saturday, a person was reported missing and presumed drowned in the Martin Creek area of Lake Hartwell, according to the Oconee County Coroner’s Office. Crews found the missing person’s body at about 11:15 a.m., according to Oconee County Emergency Services.

The coroner’s office identified the victim as 26-year-old Kellen Jerome Mackey, of Pennsylvania.

The kayaker was a part of a group of three that decided to go kayaking Friday night near Cartee Road in the Martin Creek area of Lake Hartwell, emergency officials said. They had been attending a wedding. Officials said the kayaker was not wearing a floatation device and could not swim.

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