Man dies after falling off boat on Lake Wateree, officials say

The body of a missing boater was found Monday afternoon after he fell off a boat early Sunday while on Lake Wateree, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.

Officials said Jeremiah “Spud” Williams, 32, of Lancaster, was on a boat with two other people when the two witnesses say he fell off the front of the boat. The two other people said they jumped in the water to rescue him, but were unable to do so.

The two witnesses went back to the boat and called 911 for help.

Officials immediately searched for the man before labeling the mission as a recovery.

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Officials searched throughout the day on Sunday and into Labor Day.

Williams’ body was found by divers with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The case is being investigated by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The forensic autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

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