Coroner IDs boater pulled from Florence County river

JOHNSONVILLE, SC (WBTW) – Emergency crews were at Venters Landing at the Lynches River Monday morning investigating after a boater went missing.

SC DNR spokesperson Robert McCullough says the man was attempting to launch a boat when the rope broke. As the boat began floating away, he tried to retrieve it and he fell into the water.

Johnsonville Fire and Rescue retrieved his body this morning around 8:50 a.m.

According to Johnsonville Fire Chief Henry Humphries, the call about the possible drowning came in around 7:15 a.m. Monday. Humphries also adds that the SC Department of Natural Resources is the agency in charge.

Keith von Lutcken with the Florence County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 61-year-old David Lee Williams of Hemingway. The cause of death is asphyxiation due to drowning, according to the coroner.