Several agencies are searching for a man who fell from his boat while in Wimbee Creek on Wednesday morning.
A woman told WTOC that her brother 52-year-old Carl Mulligan fell from the boat. His family and friends are also out at the Wimbee Creek boating landing on Summerhouse Lane.
Witnesses told authorities they saw the boat in the creek just before Whale Branch when they noticed the vessel make a sudden, hard turn and a person being thrown into the water at about 10:30 a.m., according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. Witnesses went to help and another person on the boat told them his friend had fallen into the water when the steering wheel broke free from the column.
The other person in the boat was not injured and was helped to shore where law enforcement was immediately contacted.
Mulligan is described as a black male and was last seen wearing a brown shirt and boots, according to the sheriff's office.
SC Department of Natural Resources is in charge of the search. The BCSO, Sheldon Fire Dept. and the U.S. Coast Guard are also assisting with the search that is being conducted from the land, water and air.
Family members remain hopeful about Mulligan.
"[He's] my baby bro, he's my anchor," Helen Mulligan, Mulligan's sister. "No matter where I go, no matter what part of the world I can be in - I can be in trouble and I can call him - he's there for me."
"I want to believe that he's still alive. In my heart I do," she said. "I'm just hoping that they could take a lot more boats and just go cause he could be caught up in those marsh."