Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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