BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The bodies of two of the three swimmers who went missing Sunday afternoon at Hunting Island have been recovered.
Nathan Mok, 16, of Chesnee, SC, was found just after 6 p.m. Sunday near the shore. The body of his father, 38-year old Tiem Mok, was discovered just after 10 a.m. Monday. The body washed ashore nearly three miles away from where he was last seen Sunday. A third family member, a 17-year-old male visiting from Philadelphia, remains missing.
The search efforts the third victim continue Tuesday as representatives from SC Department of Natural Resources, the US Coastguard, and Hunting Island park rangers search by land, water, and air.
The victims were last seen in distress in the water at approximately 4:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon. A 14-year old female family member had been swimming with the victims when they began to have difficulties with the strong currents. She attempted to pull them to safety, however, was unable to hold onto them in the rough waters. She was able to swim to shore where another family member called 911 for help.
All three victims were part of a larger group of family members vacationing in the area. No foul play is suspected in the incident. Autopsies of the recovered victims are pending at MUSC. The identity of the third victim is being withheld pending notification of immediate family.