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Authorities | Driver of submerged SUV was likely lost on Myrtle Beach area golf course

A man, who drowned when his sport utility vehicle was found submerged in a Carolina Forest golf course pond, was likely lost and disoriented on the course before going into the water, according to authorities.

Donald Raven, 47, of Conway was found Dec. 29 inside a Honda sport utility vehicle that was submerged in a pond at Man O' War Golf Course on Leeshire Boulevard, off Carolina Forest Boulevard.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said preliminary autopsy results showed Raven drowned, but he is still awaiting toxicology results.

On Wednesday, Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol said the case is not considered a fatal vehicle crash.

“We are treating it as an incident,” Collins said.

There were no signs of foul play involving Raven or his vehicle, according to authorities. Raven likely got disoriented on the golf course and drove into the pond, they said.

“It looks like he may have just gotten lost,” Fowler said Wednesday.

Authorities said the incident occurred during about a three-hour window after a security guard went off duty and when the car was discovered. A security guard was on duty at the property until 4 a.m. Dec. 29 and authorities were notified of the submerged vehicle at 7:20 a.m., according to officials.

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