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Second recovery made in Georgetown missing boater case

Sept 29, 2020

The second individual reported missing and overdue this weekend from the Carroll A. Campbell boat landing in Georgetown was recovered from the Sampit River on Tuesday, September 29, at 11:45 a.m.

The body of Kinsley Johnson was spotted on the surface of the water by members of a S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) boat and dive team crew, as they were preparing to dive on the boat that the two men were in. The sunken vessel was located using sonar equipment, approximately 150 yards downstream of the Highway 17 bridge. The body of Marquis Mickel was found by an SCDNR boat crew at approximately 4:25 p.m. on Monday, September 28, approximately a quarter-mile upstream from the location of the found boat. Neither man was wearing a life jacket when recovered.

The families of the missing men have been notified, and the Georgetown County Corner has requested autopsies on both to be performed at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, according to the GCSO.

The search for the two missing boaters began Sunday evening when family members notified emergency responders that they were overdue from a trip on the Sampit River. Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Charleston Sector, the SCDNR, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office and other local agencies search continuously on the surface of Winyah Bay and the Sampit River and via aircraft until both men were located.

"We greatly appreciate the hard work of our federal and local partners, as well as our own officers, in bringing a resolution to this difficult search," said Lt. Angus MacBride, who coordinated the search effort for SCDNR.

An investigation into the cause of incident will be conducted by the SCDNR Boating Investigations Unit.

Media Contact:
David Lucas