Man dies, wife hurt in kayak mishap

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Authorities probing accident that occurred near Catawba River reservoir

By Chris Sardelli

A Kershaw man died after falling out of his kayak in a pond near Great Falls on Sunday.
Clarence Marshall Jr., 65, and his wife, Brenda, also 65, were kayaking on Stumpy Pond when both of their kayaks capsized, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese. Stumpy Pond is located in the Cedar Creek Reservoir along the Catawba River, between Great Falls and Lancaster.
“The way it happened is both kayaks tipped over,” Deese said. “We won’t know a lot until we get definitive answers, but I know they both fell into the water out of their kayaks.”
Deese was called to the scene about 9:20 a.m. Monday, which was about an hour after the couple was discovered in the water.
Clarence Marshall was found dead in the water, Deese said.
His wife was found alive and taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she is recovering. Deese did not know how long the couple were in the water, but said they were most likely there overnight.
The cause of his death is still under investigation, but Deese said foul play was not a factor.
Officers with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources arrived at the scene early Monday morning, along with deputies from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
Calls to the DNR were not returned by The Lancaster News’ deadline Tuesday.
Sheriff Barry Faile said deputies assisted DNR with the rescue efforts.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Faile said he didn’t have any more details about the accident.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416