SENECA, S.C. — Authorities say it appears a scuba diver who drowned in a South Carolina lake had part of her breathing apparatus tangled in a fishing line as she tried to rush to the surface.
Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said 43-year-old Angelia Dover had enough air in her tank to make it to shore.
Addis says investigators don’t know why Dover appeared panicked to a fellow diver as they sat on rocks about 50 feet (15 meters) under Lake Keowee just before she tried to surface Sunday.
The coroner said in a news release Dover’s breathing regulator likely became tangled in the fishing line as she tried to surface.
Addis says a diver found Dover face up on the lake bottom about 20 minutes after the first 911 call.