Body of Missing Boater Found in Stono River

Charleston, SC (WLTX) - CBS affiliate WCSC in Charleston reports that Charleston County deputies and Marine Patrol have retrieved the body of a missing boater from Stono River.

Charleston County coroner has identified the man as 39-year-old George Hank Melfi of Charleston, SC.

Crews say the body was found at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

Officials say Melfi fell into Stono River Saturday morning.

They say crews responded to the Lime House boat landing area on Johns Island around 2:30 a.m. and were forced to suspend the search late Saturday evening.

Deputies say Melfi and another person went out on Stono River on a Boston Whaler when the two boaters began having engine problems.

Officials say Melfi fell into the water while they were trying to secure the boat to the dock.


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