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Missing teen’s family ask for Beaufort County boater community’s help in search

Search for missing teen boater on Parris Island continues

S.C. Department of Natural Resources and local agencies are searching for a female boater who went missing after the boat she was on crashed into a bridge early Sunday morning.
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S.C. Department of Natural Resources and local agencies are searching for a female boater who went missing after the boat she was on crashed into a bridge early Sunday morning.

The family of Mallory Beach — a teen who went missing after an early morning boat crash Sunday — is asking for the boater community’s help in finding her.

Anyone able to search should focus on the Broad River or in any of the inlets, Randy Beach, Mallory’s uncle, said Wednesday night.

He said boaters should avoid the Archers Creek region where the S.C. Department of Natural Resources is focusing its search efforts.

“We are asking crabbers and fishermen to keep their eyes open,” Beach said.

DNR Lt. Michael Paul Thomas said anyone helping should be mindful and safe.

“We ask that all of your safety gear is in order and make sure you follow a float plan,” Thomas said.

Thomas said DNR wants to keep its focus on its search. Irresponsible boaters could pull the department’s search assets away from looking for Mallory.

Anyone who sees something abnormal should call 911 or DNR dispatch at 1-800-922-5431.

“Stay a safe distance away,” Thomas said. “Keep a line of sight, back away and I will be able to direct an asset straight to you.”

Beach, 19, was on a boat with five other people Sunday morning when it crashed into a bridge crossing Archers Creek. The bridge leads to the gate of the Marine Corps Depot Parris Island.

DNR’s search was paused Wednesday night. It will restart for its fifth day Thursday.

Beach said the family is thankful for the support from the community.

“Our family appreciates all the prayers,” he said Wednesday night.

Teresa Moss is a crime and public safety reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. She has worked as a journalist for 16-years for newspapers in Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.
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