Efforts to find final missing swimmer to continue Wednesday

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comJuly 16, 2013 

The search for a missing swimmer who disappeared Sunday with two of his relatives off Hunting Island State Park will continue at least another day.

A S.C. Department of Natural Resources plane again assisted efforts Tuesday to find the 17-year-old Philadelphia boy believed to have drowned in rough waters Sunday afternoon, DNR Sgt. Michael Paul Thomas said.

Thomas said the plane combed the area, while park rangers and Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District personnel rode the beaches on all-terrain vehicles.

Thomas said the search will continue Wednesday, and a DNR plane will again be used to try to find the missing teen.

Along with the teen, Chesnee residents Tiem Mok, 38, and his son Nathan Mok, 16, were swept away by strong currents.

The missing teen, who will not be publicly identified until his immediate family is contacted, and the Moks were on a family trip at the park's campground when the boogie board they were on shot out from under them. They quickly vanished in the rough waters a few hundred yards from shore. A 14-year-old girl who was with them was able to make it back to the beach.

Nathan Mok's body was recovered by a beachgoer at 6 p.m. Sunday.

His father was found the next day at 10 a.m., nearly two miles south of where the three disappeared.

On Tuesday, family members gathered at Tiem Mok's house in Chesnee. A man at the home said family is coming from numerous states to attend a viewing Friday and cremation Saturday for Tiem and Nathan Mok. Nathan Mok was a rising junior at Boiling Springs High School, according to Spartanburg School District 2.

Jenny Arnold of the Spartanburg Herald Journal contributed to this report.

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