Beaufort News

Coosaw Island kayaker found safe near Edisto Island

A 20-year-old Coosaw Island man who set off in a kayak from Lady's Island at about midnight Monday was found nearly 20 miles away by boaters Tuesday morning, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

The man was found uninjured in a 10-foot kayak near Edisto Island at about 10:30 a.m. after U.S. Coast Guard officials broadcast a bulletin to area boaters early Tuesday, DNR Sgt. Michael Paul Thomas said.

The man's mother called authorities after she discovered he had taken his brother's kayak and left a note that said he was "heading north," Thomas said. The man launched the kayak into St. Helena Sound from the Lucy Creek boat ramp on Lady's Island, he said.

At about 9 a.m., a Coast Guard helicopter, DNR search plane and boats, and boats manned by Beaufort County Search and Rescue volunteer crews continued the search, Thomas said.

Boaters spotted him in the Intracoastal Waterway near Edisto Island and notified authorities, he said.

Thomas said he's not sure why the man left in the kayak. The man told the boaters who found him that he was heading to Charleston.

Safety equipment charges are pending, Thomas said.