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Myrtle Beach restaurant owner dies in Garden City boating accident

  • Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Myrtle Beach man died and another is hospitalized after a boating accident in the area of Murrells Inlet and Garden City Saturday.

Georgetown County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson said the beach patrol unit responded to the report of a boating accident near the jetties in Murrells Inlet at about 5 p.m. They were told two boaters whose vessel capsized needed assistance.

Cuthbertson said three Coastal Carolina University students who were fishing in the area and three local duck hunters notified law enforcement and provided assistance to the boaters.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources also responded to the southern point of Garden City to assist the victims.

County Deputy Coroner Sam Hodge said 49-year-old Michael S. Arakas - owner of the Sea Trawler restaurant in Myrtle Beach - died in the water.

The second man from the boat was rushed to Waccamaw Community Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Captain Rodney Jewett of Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Rescue said both men were wearing camouflage clothing. He said his agency was about to launch a boat when they received word both men were onshore.

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