BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD)- Two bodies were recovered in Lake Moultrie on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office.
Coroner Darnell Hartwell said the bodies of two men were found in the water near Wampee in the Pinopolis area.
A resident first notified the coroner’s office after discovering a body floating near an unoccupied boat just before 2:00 p.m. and the second body was found in the area by fire department personnel during recovery efforts.
It is believed the men drowned while out fishing, but autopsies have been scheduled to determine their cause of death, according to Hartwell. He believes the men were in the water for a short period of time.
The two men were later identified as 75-year-old Jerry Stoots of Goose Creek and 68-year-old Lee Watkins of North Charleston.
Stoots was a well-known, longtime baseball coach in the Lowcountry.
No foul play is suspected.
The Moncks Corner Rural Fire Department, SCDNR, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol unit assisted on the scene.
Editor’s note: an updated version of this story corrects the spelling of Jerry Stoots name.