Police: Missing dock worker presumed drowned in Wando River

Published: Oct. 6, 2014 at 1:37 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM EDT
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The Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad is also assisting. (Photo Source: Harve...
The Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad is also assisting. (Photo Source: Harve Jacobs/Live 5 News)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A dock worker reported missing after a boat overturned in the Wando River Monday morning is presumed drowned, according to authorities at the scene of the search.

The Coast Guard and several other agencies responded to a disconnected 911 call just before 9 a.m. after a boat overturned with two dock workers aboard, according to Mount Pleasant Investigator Chip Googe. The call was traced to the boat, Googe said.

One of the two men in the boat was rescued, but the second didn't resurface.

That second man is presumed drowned and the focus is now on a recovery mission, Googe said, and multiple agencies will move to rotating shifts to continue the search.

Police say the boaters are employees for a dock construction company and were building a dock in the Rivertowne neighborhood. The missing man is a supervisor for the dock building project, Googe said.

Coast Guard officials say the boat was found in the waters near I-526 and Highway 41. Crews have been searching north of I-526 for the boater near Remley's Point. Police closed the boat landing because of the search.

The survivor of the boating accident said "the boat just flipped," according to a Coastal Crisis Chaplain who spoke to him. The man told rescue crews the boat apparently hit a bump of some kind immediately before flipping. Authorities also believe the boat's motor quit shortly before the incident.

The Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad and the North Charleston Fire Department Dive Team are also assisting in the search.

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