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One body recovered in search for missing boaters near Sampit River; search continues for second

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One body has been recovered after a multi-day search for two missing boaters in the Sampit River near Carroll Campbell Marina, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office announced late Monday.

Marquis Mickel, 35, was recovered, while a multi-agency search continued for a second boater, identified as Kinsley Johnson.

Earlier Monday, the Sheriff’s Office had identified an “area of interest,” where the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources provided a dive team for inspection.

The two boaters were reported missing at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, with a family member indicating the two men were well past due in returning from a boat trip near Winyah Bay.

The Coast Guard has utilized the following in the search:

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  • Air Station Elizabeth City C-130J Hercules aircrew
  • Two HH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Air Station Savannah
  • A 45-foot Response Boat—Medium and 29-foot Response Boat—Small crews from Station Georgetown

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office deployed side-scan sonar to help in identifying the “area of interest.”

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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