Search continues for missing boater on Waccamaw River

GEORGETOWN, S.C. – The Coast Guard, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and the Midway Fire Department are continuing their search for one person on the Waccamaw River, S.C., Thursday.

Four adults, one child and one infant were in a 15-foot boat when it capsized near the shore of the Waccamaw River in the vicinity of Sandy Island, just north of Georgetown, S.C. One of the adults swam to shore and dialed 911 for assistance from a cell phone. 911-dispatch relayed the phone call to the Coast Guard and other agencies to assist in the search.

Rescuers recovered the infant from the water and a 5-year old child also made it to shore safely. The infant is in critical condition at the Medical University of South Carolina. Two adults have been recovered deceased by search and rescue personnel during the search. The search continues for the remaining adult.

The release of names is being withheld following proper notification of next-of-kin.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to family members and friends of the victims of this tragedy,” said Capt. Michael McAllister, commander of the Coast Guard Sector Charleston. “We will continue to use all our resources to find the remaining crewmember.”

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