Swimmer's body found by SC park service

ST. HELENA, SC (WTOC) - The body of a missing swimmer was found Monday morning by members of the South Carolina State Park Service.

The search resumed at 5:30 a.m. Monday for a man who went missing underwater over the weekend.

Just after 4 p.m. Saturday, volunteer firefighters at Lady's Island St. Helena Fire District working with the South Carolina State Park Service on Hunting Island, responded to a report of the boy in deep water who has having trouble about 200 yards offshore

Swimmers went to help the boy and his father who was attempting to rescue him, but two more swimmers needed to be rescued. Firefighters rescued a young boy and three adults.

People on shore reported two more people unaccounted for in the water. Firefighters called for backup from the Fripp Island Fire Department, Beaufort County EMS, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, SC Department of Natural Resources, Coast Guard Station Tybee, Beaufort Marine Rescue, and the Fripp Island Marine Rescue.

In the process of making their way back out to search for the two reported still missing, firefighters recognized another woman in distress, according to a news release from the Lady's Island St. Helena Fire District.

A firefighter rescued her and a second firefighter swam to the last known location of the other swimmers who needed help. Park Rangers found one of the two men on shore, but were still looking for a one man. The search went into Saturday night and resumed at daylight Sunday morning.

"The combination of the rip currents and the unusually strong surf likely contributed to the swimmers difficulty" said Jeff Atkins, Park Service Director, in a statement.

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