A Hilton Head Island man drowned after he fell into a golf course pond while reaching for a golf ball, according to a report from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
Lawrence Monroe Slovin, 86, fell into a water hazard on the Country Club of Hilton Head golf course, near his home in Hilton Head Plantation, at about 2 p.m. Sunday, the report said. Slovin's golf partner told deputies Slovin had only recently began playing golf again after a hospital stay.
Slovin had hit his golf ball back onto the fairway from near the water hazard when he spotted another golf ball closer to the water, the report said. The man said Slovin's recent health issues prevented him from bending down to grab the ball, so he tried to knock it toward him with his golf club.
Slovin lost his footing trying to hit the ball, falling backward into the water hazard. The man tried to grab his feet, but Slovin began to thrash in the waist-high water and went under, the report said.
The man said he couldn't immediately find Slovin in the muddy water. He located Slovin's body about five minutes later, pulling him to the bank of the water hazard to wait for members of the Hilton Head Island EMS to arrive, the report said.
EMS responders were unable to detect Slovin's heart rhythm, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Slovin's body was sent to the Medical University of South Carolina for an autopsy, the report said.