County Coroner: Lake Keowee One of South Carolina’s Deadliest Bodies of Water
OCONEE COUNTY, SC. – According to a news report posted online at thestate.com, the Oconee County Coroner’s Office deems Lake Keowee one of the deadliest bodies of water in the state of South Carolina. A total of 20 people have died swimming in one specific area of the lake during the coroner’s time on the job, he says.*
The most recent incident happened on a weekend day at the Fall Creek Landing on Lake Keowee. Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis and The State report that a 20-year-old man from Greer, South Carolina, was swimming by the boat landing and somehow drowned. Rescuers were called to the area and located the man approximately 50 feet from the shore, where the water is about 25 feet deep.
Addis said that the tragedy marks the third drowning death at the landing so far in 2019. In April, a 19-year-old man drowned at “The Rock” on Lake Keowee while swimming with friends. Less than three months later, a 27-year-old man from Greenville, South Carolina, drowned in the same area as he was trying to retrieve a water bottle.
Since Addis started as the county coroner in 1993, he says 20 people have died while swimming in the area of Fall Creek Landing on the lake. All of them have been men. Nineteen of the deaths were deemed drownings, and one was from previous injuries aggravated when a victim jumped into the water.
In a public news release, Addis stated in part, “Fall Creek, located on upper Lake Keowee near Salem, is a beautiful and a very popular area of Oconee County. The Oconee County Coroner’s Office encourages individuals who visit Fall Creek for swimming, boating, or jumping from ‘The Rock’ to please use good judgment and place safety first for themselves, their family and friends.”
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