Judge sets bond for man charged with BUI in Lake Moultrie boating accident

VIDEO: Judge sets bond for man charged with BUI in Lake Moultrie boating accident
DNR plane searching Lake Moultrie.
DNR plane searching Lake Moultrie.
Jacque Bracewell Jr.
Jacque Bracewell Jr.

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A judge set bond for a man facing a charge of BUI in a fatal accident on Lake Moultrie Saturday.

Jacque Bracewell, Jr., was arrested Saturday night and faced a bond court judge Sunday night. That judge set bond at $20,000.

Authorities have called a search and rescue mission at the lake that resumed Sunday morning at 8 a.m. to a recovery mission for two people who were still missing.

According to authorities, a retirement party was underway with several boats out on the lake owned by people having the party. Authorities say one of the boats made a left turn, struck a wave, and the force threw all of the occupants out of the boat.

The boat kept circling after hitting the wave.

"There was another boat following them that was part of the party, they were able to pick them up and rescue those who were able to be rescued," Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said.

One man did all he could to save one of his friends but was unable to get him out of the water.

"We had one gentleman that was holding on to his friend, the gentlemen could not swim and his friend did his very best to hold on to him and he was not able to hold him and he actually went down."

Salisbury says later in the day they were trying to account for everyone and they found out there was another person missing.

DNR, the Berkeley County Rescue Squad, and Berkeley County Sheriff's Office responded yesterday after learning there were still people missing and they searched until 10:30 last night.

Authorities say many of the people didn't know each other which made it difficult to determine who was on the boat

Of the six people rescued yesterday, as least one was taken to the hospital.

Several local fire departments assisted in the search Sunday.

The area where the incident happened about three miles away from Short Stay boat landing. That search was set to conclude by 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The DNR continues to investigate the cause.

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