Area teen drowns at Anderson Park


Marco Martin Isreal Cramer, 17, of Easley drowned Saturday at Darwin Wright Park in Anderson. Cramer was swimming with friends in a restricted area and went under according to Josh Shore of the Anderson County Coroner’s Officer. Cramer was a sophomore at Powdersville High School.

Anderson City and County responders were dispatched to the park at 2:16 p.m. after a report of a drowing. Sheriff’s Office Divers were in the water by 2:30 p.m. and the body was recovered around 3:30 p.m. The drowning occurred about 40 yards offshore, in water about 20 feet deep, emergency personnel said. The area was outside of the designated swimming area at the park.

Anderson School District One Superintendent David Havird said in a statement the District mourns the loss of one of their students.

“We are deeply saddened, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.”

Powdersville High principal Dr. Chris Ferguson said, “One of Marco’s greatest attributes was his genuine kindness to those around him. He made a point to visit his teachers and talk with them every day. He always had a friendly smile and greeting for those who would pass him in the hallway. He worked diligently in the classroom and was on pace to graduate at the end of next year. Marco made Powdersville High School a better, happier place. He will be greatly missed.”

Courtney Davis, Powdersville High science teacher said, “I am deeply saddened about the tragic death of Marco Cramer. He was a very respectful, smart, and talented young man. Marco often shared his drawings with me. One, in particular, was a beautifully drawn graphite tiger that spanned over 3 sheets of paper. His creativity and meticulous attention to detail in completing projects was always impressive. It is devastating to hear about such a tragedy and he will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.”

Additional Counselors were on hand Monday for students and teachers at the high school, school officials said. Students were also given the opportunity to postpone exams until later in the week.