Saturday, November 1, 2008

Boating Accident Kills Man near Georgetown

Coast Guard Sector Charleston is reporting that the Coast Guard responded to a boating accident that left a boater unconscious on the Intracoastal Waterway between the North Santee River and Winyah Bay near Georgetown, S.C., Friday evening.

Ed Fountain, 68, of Timmonsville, S.C., was pronounced dead upon his arrival at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. Georgetown County Coroner, Kenny Johnson, says Fountian died suddenly as a result of neck injuries when the boat he was on collided with a fixed-aid-to-navigation in the Intracoastal Waterway Friday evening.

The Coast Guard was notified at approximately 8:24 p.m. Friday that a 17-foot boat with two people aboard collided with a fixed aid-to-navigation between the North Santee River and Winyah Bay.

A Coast Guard 25-foot boat crew from Station Georgetown launched and met the damaged boat crew in the vicinity of the South Island Ferry Boat Landing. The boat crew disembarked the injured passenger and transported him to medical personnel waiting ashore. Donald Spencer was also injured in the accident and treated for leg injuries.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident.

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