Great Falls man drowns in Lake Wateree

WINNSBORO – Marquavious Sanders, 25, was fishing with his family Saturday on Lake Wateree in Ridgeway when he drowned. 

According to Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill, the Great Falls man went into the lake to retrieve fishing equipment and went under water.

Hill said Sanders’ family called 911 and bystanders began performing CPR on the man until EMS arrived at the scene. Sanders was taken to the emergency room at MUSC Fairfield Emergency Department where he died, Hill said. 

The circumstances that led to Sander’s drowning are being investigated by the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources. 

This is the second drowning in Lake Wateree in less than three weeks. A 37-year-old man was reported to be swimming with his family in the lake when he drowned on June 18.

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