UDPATE: Coroner releases name of man who died in boating accident on Lake Moultrie today
MONCKS CORNER – An outing on Lake Moultrie ended in tragedy today when heavy waves washed six people overboard.
Five people, including a double amputee, were able to swim about 100 yards to some rocks near Pinopolis Dam, where they later were rescued, Berkeley County Search and Rescue Squad Chief Bill Salisbury said.
Robert Northen Daniels, 19 of Ladson, was unable to swim to safety and drowned, Salisbury said.
Salisbury, who is also the county coroner, noted that Daniels would have been 20 years old Tuesday.
His death has been ruled an accidental drowning.
According to Salisbury, a call came in about 12:55 p.m. that a boat was taking on water.
Rescue workers found that a 22-foot pontoon-type deck boat was anchored fishing when a storm came up. The boat started filling with water, the occupants couldn’t free the anchor, the 200-horsepower engine stalled, and waves washed the passengers into the lake.
The Coroner’s Office and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources are investigating.