Pinopolis man drowns in Lake Marion

Lake Marion is shown in this file photo.

SANTEE, S.C. — The Department of Natural Resources is investigating a drowning at Santee State Park in Orangeburg County.

Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle tells The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg that 62-year Eugene Heiselman of Pinopolis drowned Thursday.

Authorities say Heiselman was launching his boat and tried to jump into it from the water’s edge when he fell into the lake.

They say his wife was in the boat and threw lines and life saving devices to him but Heiselman could not grab them.