Weekend Drowning in Lake Hartwell

Lake Hartwell claims one life over the weekend.

Authorities have confirmed that a Lavonia man drowned in Lake Hartwell Saturday afternoon. The incident occurred after the man had fallen from a float.

29-year-old Turio Blackwell of Lavonia along with a female were sitting on a float in the area of the Rocky Ford Boat Ramp when Blackwell fell off of the float and did not resurface.

The Hart County Sheriff’s Office along with DNR and EMS responded to the scene around 5:30 Saturday afternoon, a dive team was also called in and was able to locate Blackwell’s body shortly after arrival. The body was found in around 8 to 10 feet of water. Other details may be released at a later time.