BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Survivors of a deadly boating accident spoke out for the first time Tuesday afternoon. Five of the six people on board managed to make it to shore Sunday, but one young man who would have turned 20 on Tuesday didn't survive.
"For people to say we're lucky that we survived, I'm not lucky because me and my family are now ripped apart because someone's gone," said Cynthia Tucan.
Tucan was one of five people who survived Sunday's boating accident on Lake Moultrie. Her brother, 19-year-old Robert Northern Daniels died. Authorities say he drowned when the deck boat overturned during a thunderstorm.
Survivor Billy Lyon says it was supposed to be a fun fishing trip that suddenly turned dangerous when the engine cut off and the boat started taking on water.
"Next thing you know, the boat went completely on its side," Lyon said."It went on its side in the water."
Lyon says all six on board slid into the water and that Robert Daniels panicked.
"He got loose from me and started bringing me underneath the water," Lyon said."He was still struggling a little bit and the next thing I know about it he quit struggling with me."
Lyon says Daniels' face changed color. By the time a deputy got the 19 year old to the rocks on shore, it was too late.
"When I got to the rocks and I noticed that everybody had Northern, I kept screaming CPR, please CPR, save my baby, don't let my little baby die," Tucan said.
The five who made it to shore included a double amputee and his wife.
"The only thing I know is that the lord helped us get to shore but at the same time I wish that all of us would have made it," Lyon said.
Tucan said Tuesday would have been her brother's 20th birthday and she had planned to take him to Frankie's Fun Park.
The survivors say they all swam to shore by themselves except for Lyon who needed help after trying to save Daniels.