North Augusta drowning victim identified

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) - The Aiken County Coroner said 33-year-old Toyian Williams, of North Augusta, drowned in the Savannah River on Saturday, after falling in the water.

"They were attempting to fish from a rock within the river," said Sgt. Maurice Ransom with the North Augusta Public Safety. "The friend lost his footing and actually went into the water. He attempted to retrieve his friend but was unable to."
Ransom said that it happened just before 2:00 p.m. North Augusta Public Safety, along with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and the Richmond County dive team spent more than three hours searching for Williams. Ransom said they found him about 18 feet from where fell in, and the river's strong current, could have been a factor.
"It was pretty deep water and fast moving currents. It's very dangerous. Sometimes we tend to underestimate the speed of the current," said Ransom.
Ransom added that the biggest holiday of the summer is less than a week away, and safety measures need to be used when you're out on the water.
"It's always a tragic event when a situation like this does occur," Ransom said. "We just hope that with the holiday coming up, people will exercise caution when they're in the water, whether they're boating, fishing, or whatever."

The coroner said an autopsy is scheduled for Sunday in Newberry, and he doesn't suspect foul play.

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