SC woman’s drowning death while scuba diving accidental, equipment being examined

Angelia Dover and brother
Angelia Dover and brother

Monday’s autopsy confirmed a Boiling Springs woman drowned while scuba diving, and the Oconee County Coroner classified the death as accidental.

Angelia Maria Dover, 43, died on a scuba diving trip Saturday afternoon, and her dive equipment is still being examined.

Dover was diving with a male companion and his two children in water 50-55 feet deep beneath the SC 183 Bridge near Oconee Nuclear Station, according to Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis.

It was reported they sat on the rocks at the lake bottom for a few minutes and were preparing to swim back to shore when Dover appeared to panic and attempted to surface, Addis said. The man attempted to aid her, when he reached her he found she did not have her breathing regulator in her mouth. She struggled and disappeared.

The man assured the safety of his daughter and they surfaced; he signaled to a nearby boat to call 911, and the call was received at approximately 4:50 p.m.

Dover was found by an Oconee County Rescue Diver lying face up on the lake bottom at 5:11 p.m., according to Addis, adding the rescue diver reported finding her primary breathing regulator entangled in some fishing line.

The diver freed the regulator and brought Dover to the shoreline where CPR was initiated, said Addis, adding Dover was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead at 6:07 p.m.

Her dive equipment, which appeared to be functional, was secured by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department for further inspection, according to Addis, saying Dover did not run out of breathing air.

Dover reportedly had been trained and certified to scuba dive, Addis said.