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SCDNR: Second body pulled out of Intracoastal Waterway; presumed to be missing boater

Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 7:16 PM EDT
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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – A second body was pulled out of the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach, according to David Lucas with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Lucas said the body of a man was recovered around 5 p.m. Monday. He said it’s presumed to be the second boater that disappeared Sunday night. He said the coroner’s office will be working to confirm the identity.

It came hours after crews recovered the body of the first man who disappeared in the waters on Sunday night.

According to officials, one of the men fell off a boat and the other went in after him near the Palmetto Harbor subdivision.

Derek Heppi, who lives near where the incident happened, said he heard yelling, and when he looked out the window he saw a person jump in the water to save another person.

He ran outside to help but said it was too late.

“Apparently, the tow had already gone under. At that point, I was still trying to grab a rope or something, but it was just too late and they just kept drifting down and the mom just kept screaming and yelling, ‘My boys, my boys,” so it was really sad and tragic,” Heppi said.

The family of the men was out at the scene all day. One relative told WMBF News that the two are brothers.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the men were wearing life jackets, both of which were recovered.

Horry County Fire Rescue, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard helped North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue in the search.

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