Second body found in Cooper River identified as missing boater

Crews search for missing boaters in Berkeley Co.

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury says the second body found in the Cooper River Tuesday is that of 27-year-old Robbie Mullinax, a boater who went missing Saturday.

Salisbury says rescue crews found the body of the missing boater Tuesday around 1:30 p.m., only hours after finding the body of another missing boater earlier this morning.

The body of 57-year-old Robert Andrews was found by a fisherman after it surfaced early Tuesday morning, according to Salisbury.  He did not say exactly where either body was found.

The two boaters went missing Saturday after two separate accidents on the Cooper River near Pimlico Boat Landing.

Salisbury said the first call came in around 5:38 p.m. concerning four people in a boat traveling at a high rate of speed. Authorities say 57-year-old Robert Andrews of Goose Creek jumped into the water and did not surface.

"He took his rings off, he didn't want to lose his rings, he was ready to jump in the water and have a good time and that's what he did and never came back up," said Tamara Noble, who is a close family friend of the Andrews family. "It's just going to be hard to explain to the 9-year-old where her daddy is cause he was her hero and I just hope that they can get past it."

According to S.C. Department of Natural Resources, while they were investigating the first boat accident, two other boats collided about a mile away, one carrying five passengers, and the other with six people onboard.

DNR investigators say five people were injured and were taken to area hospitals, but one person had to be flown out to the Medical University of South Carolina.

After searching the waters of the Cooper River by boat Sunday and Monday, DNR continued their search Tuesday.

Multiple agencies are assisting in the recovery effort including DNR field officers and dive team, Berkeley County Rescue Squad as well as Charleston and Berkeley County Sheriff's Offices.

The causes of the accidents are still under investigation.

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