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Avid fisherman identified as man found dead in SC lake after tournament, officials say

The body of a man who disappeared during a fishing tournament was found in a South Carolina lake Sunday, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

DNR officials said the body was recovered in Lake Hartwell just before noon, on the second day of the search, WHNS reported.

The search took place on the Anderson County side of Lake Hartwell, Capt. Robert McCullough said in an interview with The State.

It began Saturday after an empty boat was found drifting in the middle of the water, according to McCullough.

DNR believes the boat was being used by a man who was competing in a fishing tournament held on the lake.

The Anderson County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Robert Lee Carroll, WYFF reported. The 69-year-old Hodges resident drowned after falling into the water near Waldrop’s landing, according to the TV station.

“No one saw him go in the water, but he did not return,” McCullogh said as DNR divers used sonar technology to search the water.

McCullough said it was believed the man drowned when he did not return to a weigh-in for the fishing tournament.

Described by his family as an avid fisherman, but not a good swimmer, Carroll was found about 55 feet from shore in water that was 13 feet deep, WHNS reported.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State focused on breaking news, public safety and trending news. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.