Winnsboro man drowns in Lake Wateree

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro man drowned in Lake Wateree on Sunday, June 18, around 3:15 pm, according to the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office. Coroner officials responded to the scene of the drowning that occurred in Ridgeway.

According to Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill, 37-year-old Johnny Mack Simmons, of Winnsboro, was swimming in the lake with his family when he went under water and did not resurface. Family members called 911 and multiple Fairfield County agencies responded to attempt to locate Simmons.

Simmons was located approximately an hour and a half later. He was transported to the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office to await an autopsy that is scheduled for this week.

The circumstances and events that led to the accident are under investigation by Fairfield County Coroner’s Office and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

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