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A mother and son from Summerville were identified Monday as the two who drowned in Lake Moultrie after their boat overturned.

Constance Brown, 56, and Benjamin Brown, 20, were found Sunday near the boat that had capsized near Hatchery Landing in the Pinopolis area, Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said. Their deaths were ruled accidental drownings.

S.C. Department of Natural Resources officers responded to the area just before 7 p.m., when it was reported that multiple individuals had been spotted in the water after their jonboat was swamped. 

The mother and her son tried to swim to the bank, a DNR official said.

A third person, a friend of the Browns, was found by another group of boaters clinging to the overturned boat. None of the three were wearing life jackets, according to authorities. The third person was treated at a hospital and later released, Salisbury added.

DNR, the coroner and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office were investigating.

With the recent deaths, five drownings have been reported this year in Berkeley County, Salisbury said.

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Michael Majchrowicz is a reporter covering crime and public safety. He previously wrote about courts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. A Hoosier native, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.

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