USCG: Missing boaters found, one died at scene

Officials say the pair were found in their boat on the northeast side of the marsh between Leadenwah Creek and Bohicket Creek.

EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- United States Coast Guard officials confirm two missing boaters were found early Monday morning.

The search was temporarily suspended overnight but the search resumed around 8 a.m. The boaters were found shortly after.

One boater, 33-year-old Amy Claytor was taken to MUSC, suffering from hypothermia and shock. She has since been released. USCG officials said EMS was on scene checking out the second boater, 29-year-old Michael Royston.

USCG officials then confirmed the coroner was called out to their location. They later announced Royston died at the scene. His cause of death is still undetermined.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard says Royston and Claytor left Steamboat Landing around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. A vehicle used by one of the boaters was still parked at the landing, according to officials.

A Coast Guard spokesperson says the Charleston County Sheriff's Office was initially called when Claytor didn't arrive to work on time on Sunday.

The CCSO, Charleston County fire units, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard were all involved in the search effort.

Coast Guard crews aboard a 29-foot rescue boat from Station Charleston were launched at 8:24 p.m., Sunday, and a helicopter aircrew from Savannah was diverted at 8:30 p.m., to assist in the search. Crews from Charleston County Sheriff's Office were searching with two of their vessels. A DNR crew was also using a vessel to search for the two mariners.

Search teams focused on Steamboat Creek, Russell Creek, North Edisto River and the Dawho River. A portion of the Intracoastal Waterway was also being searched.

Officials say the pair were found in their boat on the northeast side of the marsh between Leadenwah Creek and Bohicket Creek around 7 a.m. Monday. Search teams were alerted by Claytor waving her arms to flag them down.

Claytor told her rescuers that Royston had been unresponsive for more than two hours and that she had performed CPR on him.

"Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with the family and friends of Mr. Royston.{}We are deeply saddened by his loss," said Lt. Cmdr. Derek Beatty, the Sector Charleston command center search and rescue mission coordinator.



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