Third swimmer found off of Hunting Island

Third swimmer found off of Hunting Island

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - The Beaufort County Coroner's Office confirmed that a body that had washed ashore on the south end of Hunting Island if that of a missing swimmer.

Mikee Phomma, 17, of Philadelphia, had been missing since Sunday afternoon. His body was discovered at about noon by a beachgoer about 1.5 miles from the Fripp Island Inlet, which is about 3.5 miles from where he disappeared, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Phomma had been swimming Sunday afternoon with his uncle, 38-year old Tiem Mok and cousin, 16-year old Nathan Mok when they were overcome by strong currents off the shores of Hunting Island.

Nathan Mok's body was the first to be found, less than two hours after he was last seen on Sunday, according to the BCSO. His father Tiem Mok was found at 10 a.m. Monday.

The victims were last seen in distress in the water at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday. A 14-year-old girl and family member had been swimming with them when the victims began to struggle against the water's currents.

She unsuccessfully tried to pull them to safety, but ended up swimming to shore and another family member called 911 for help.

The three victims were part of a larger group of family members who were vacationing in the area.

No foul play is suspected in the incident, according to the sheriff's office.

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