The body of a man who jumped off a boat near Daufuskie Island and did not resurface over the weekend was found by other boaters Monday afternoon.
About 2:25 p.m. Monday, boaters notified the state Department of Natural Resources that they had discovered a body near where the New River meets the Intercoastal Waterway on the south end of Daufuskie Island, according to Lt. Michael Paul Thomas, of S.C. Department of Natural Resources law enforcement.
DNR and Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls confirmed the body was Anthony Blaine Allen, 46, of Savannah, Thomas said.
Allen jumped from a boat around 5 p.m. Saturday and could not be found when the boat turned around to pick him up, Thomas said.
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DNR and U.S. Coast Guard responded to the area shortly after and were later joined by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Unit.
The search continued Sunday and Monday, and DNR's fixed-wing search plane aided the effort for about three hours Monday, Thomas said.
Allen's body was found about 0.3 mile from where he initially jumped off the boat, Thomas said. An autopsy will be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina, he added.
Investigators also have seized and examined the boat Allen was riding on, but they have not found any indication the boat ever struck Allen, Thomas said.
"There's no reason to believe it was anything other than an accident, but the investigation is ongoing," Thomas said