Bodies of two missing boaters recovered from Cooper RiverTwo missing in Tailrace Canal mishaps

DNR and Pimlico Fire and Rescue vessels searching the Cooper River for remaining body this morning.

The bodies of two boaters who fell into the Cooper River Saturday were recovered today.

A pair of fisherman found the body of Robert Allen Andrews, 57, of Goose Creek about 6:20 a.m. near Pimlico Plantation, about 2 miles down stream from where he jumped into the water and never resurfaced Saturday evening, Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said.

Rescue workers were looking for Andrews’ body when two cigarette boats collided in the river about 8 p.m. Saturday. Robert Mullinax, 27, a Moncks Corner native who lived in Goose Creek, was missing until today. Rescue workers found his body about 1:30 p.m., Salisbury said.

Andrews was a long-time worker at Blue and Gold Auto Salvage. He was married and had several children.

Mullinax worked for Berkeley Electric Cooperative. He had been married less than a year. His wife was seriously injured in the boat accident and remains hospitalized. Another person in the boat that was hit was also seriously hurt.

Dave Munday contributed to this story.