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Conway woman dies after Winyah Bay boating accident

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WINYAH BAY, SC (WMBF) – A 66-year-old Conway woman died after a boat was submerged in shallow water in Winyah Bay Tuesday morning.

At about 11 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Georgetown was on routine patrol when they came across the 18-foot vessel near Buoy 17, according to USCG Lead Controller Sean Shrum in Charleston.

The Coast Guard found one man in the water near the boat, but learned there was a woman who was with him who went missing, Shrum said. She did not have a life jacket and drafted with the tide.

Tow Boat US heard the radio call and helped locate her. The Coast Guard retrieved her at about 11:19 a.m. and she was taken to the Georgetown station to await emergency medical services.

Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson identified the woman as 66-year-old Delores Jones of Conway.

Johnson explains that she was found in water after the boat that she and husband were fishing out of capsized. They were in close proximity to the Light House. There were no signs of trauma or any evidence of foul play.

An autopsy is planned to determine her cause of death. The South Carolina Department of National Resources is investigating the accident.

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