A 19-year-old Marine who graduated from boot camp this morning drowned around 4:45 p.m. off Hunting Island State Park, according to Beaufort County Sheriffs Office officials.
The man was swimming about 40 yards off the beach, just south of the lighthouse, according to Ladys Island-St. Helena Island Fire District spokesman Lee Levesque. A relative called 911 after losing sight of him.
Ladys Island-St. Helena Fire and Fripp Island fire districts and Fripp Island Water Search and Rescue responded. The Sheriffs Office took over the investigation when the body was recovered at about 5:25 p.m., Levesque said.
Further details, including the Marines identity, were not immediately available.