A Hodges man participating in a weekend fishing tournament on Lake Hartwell drowned, Anderson County authorities said on Sunday.
Robert Lee Carroll, 69, failed to report to a 3 p.m. weigh-in on Saturday following the contest’s morning start, prompting organizers to call the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials from that agency along with the Anderson County Technical Rescue Team and state Department of Natural Resources located the man’s vessel near Waldrop’s boat landing and searched the area with sonar and underwater cameras.
Rescuers recovered the body Sunday morning. Carroll was found in 13 feet of water about 55 feet from the shore and was not wearing a personal flotation device, the Anderson County Coroner’s Office said in a release.
Officials said the investigation is ongoing.