Drowning in Lake Keowee ruled accidental - FOX Carolina 21

Drowning in Lake Keowee ruled accidental

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OCONEE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A boater drowned in the Keowee Key area of Lake Keowee Saturday night.

The Oconee County coroner's office has identified the boater as 77-year-old Robert Bruce Graffis, of Salem. Graffis was reported missing around 6:45 p.m. Saturday by his wife. Officials said the death seems to have happened as he was launching his boat that evening.

The search for Graffis came to an end early Sunday morning after a dive team for the Oconee County Emergency Services found his body near the end of a ramp in that area near Marina Drive.

The coroner said Graffis' death was an accidental drowning on Monday.

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