Woman dies in Winyah Bay boating incident; Coroner says no foul play suspected

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Scott Harper/Times
The ambulance carrying the body of Delores Jones of Conway prepares to leave the U.S. Coast Guard station in Georgetown. She died after the boat she and her husband were in took on water in the Winyah Bay.

A 66-year-old woman died as a result of a boating incident in Winyah Bay on Tuesday.
The woman has been identified as Delores Jones of Pearl Street in Conway, by Assistant Coroner Chase Ridgeway.
According to U.S. Coast Guard lead controller Sean Shrum, the Coast Guard received a call at around 11 a.m. about an 18-foot Tahoe boat taking on water near lighted buoy 17. Later, Georgetown County assistant coroner Chase Ridgeway said the boat actually capsized, throwing Jones and her husband overboard.
Members of the Coast Guard, including a search helicopter, responded to the scene.
Ridgeway said when crews arrived they saw Jones’ husband clinging to the upside-down boat but his wife was missing.
According to information provided to authorities by Mrs. Jones’ husband, she was not wearing a life jacket and started drifting with the tide.
Someone from Tow Boat U.S. who had been monitoring the radio activity came across Mrs. Jones’ body floating in the water.
Her body was transported to the Coast Guard station in Georgetown and then to the hospital.
Ridgeway said an autopsy will be conducted today to determine the cause of death. He said there was “no signs of trauma or any other evidence to suggest foul play.”
The incident is under investigation by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

By Scott Harper


Notice about comments:

South Strand News is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. We do not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not South Strand News.

If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Read our full terms and conditions.

Upcoming Events
 Latest News
Print Ads
Latest Videos

South Strand News

© 2015 South Strand News an Evening Post Industries company. All Rights Reserved.

Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Parental Consent Form.