Beaufort News

Diver rescued after boat overturns

A diver was rescued in the Morgan River on Sunday evening by agents with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources after his boat overturned.

Beaufort Water Search & Rescue sent out two boats after people on Judge Island who had been watching the diver reported at 6 p.m. that he hadn't been seen for some time, said spokesman Dick Jennings.

When the volunteer rescuers arrived, they discovered the diver had swum ashore amid rough waves and was being tended to by DNR. The U.S. Coast Guard still is deciding what to do with his boat, Jennings said.

It was the second rescue call the group received over the weekend after two women reported their boat was taking on water in the Broad River on Saturday afternoon, Jennnings said. In that case, rescuers towed the boat, which had stalled about a mile from the Broad River Bridge.

The busy weekend marks "the beginning of the season" for more water rescue calls, Jennings said.