Body of missing Wimbee Creek boater recovered

mmcnab@islandpacket.comSeptember 19, 2013 

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The body of a man who disappeared after falling from a boat in Wimbee Creek last week has been found.

A body matching Carl Mulligan's description was found at about noon Thursday nearly four miles from where he was last seen, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Mulligan, 54, had been boating Sept. 11 with a friend on Wimbee Creek near Whale Branch when the boat's steering wheel broke off while he was holding it. The boat made a sudden, sharp turn that caused him to fall into the water.

Sheriff's deputies, assisted by a Beaufort County Mosquito Control aircraft, spotted the body, which had washed ashore near the confluence of Combahee River and St. Helena Sound.

The Beaufort County Coroner's Office has sent the body to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

S.C. Department of Natural Resources officers had searched for Mulligan daily over the past week before he was found, DNR Capt. Robert McCullough said. DNR is continuing to investigate the accident that led to Mulligan being thrown from the boat, he added.

Attempts to reach Mulligan's family for comment were unsuccessful.

Last week, relatives described him as a selfless, smiling man who was always in a good mood and eager to help friends and family.

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