One person died and five rescued in Lake Moultrie outing on Sunday
BY DAVE MUNDAY
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 Rescue Chief Bill Salisbury said.
A sixth person perished. The identity of that person has not been released.
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 Department of Natural Resources are investigating.