Coroner: Man drowns in pond while fishing

Lester Gause, 68, of Loris drowned in a farm pond off Highway 66 around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick.

Gause and a friend were fishing in a boat when they caught a fish and both fell in the water while trying to reel it in, Hendrick explained.

The friend was able to make it to land, Hendrick said.

The Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene and Horry County police are investigating.