Winnsboro man drowns in kayaking incident

RICHLAND COUNTY – Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of a man who died on Saturday after being involved in a kayaking incident on the Saluda River.

Watts said the incident happened on the river above Riverbanks Zoo around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Gregory Hinson, Jr. 27, of Winnsboro was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to Prisma Health Richland Memorial Hospital where he died at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday.

An autopsy indicated that the cause of death was due to asphyxiation due to drowning.

The Coroner’s Office and the Columbia Police Department are investigation the incident.