Sheriff's office: Body recovered from pond was not on boat

VIDEO: Emergency crews on Johns Island searching for missing boater

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office says a man's body that was recovered from a pond on Johns Island was not a boater as investigators had reported earlier.

Major Jim Brady with the sheriff's office said the initial information released by the sheriff's office of a man falling off a boat was incorrect.

Brady said that 65-year-old Lovell Linton was not on a boat, but on the bank of a pond, lost his footing and fell into the pond. A boat that was on scene was not involved in the incident, according to Brady.

The sheriff's office says authorities recovered Linton's body around 2 p.m. in the water located near 3716 Mary Ann Point Road, which connects Main and Chisolm roads.

Investigators say Linton fell into the pond around 11:20 a.m. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday.

According to the victim's wife, Linton was fishing when he tried to reach and grab something, causing him to fall into the pond.  Linton's wife tried to rescue him, but when she failed she called 911.

Six divers with the Charleston County dive team searched the body of water, which authorities said was nine to thirteen feet deep.

The investigation is ongoing.

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