The S.C. Department of Natural Resources announced on Monday that no charges are expected in the boating accident that claimed the life of one man and two dogs on Saturday.
Leslie Pack Jr., 59, of Manning died of accidental drowning, Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall said.
Efforts were underway to locate the two dogs – Dozier and Pork Chop – throughout the weekend, however, DNR confirmed they died.
Although the accident is still under investigation, DNR spokesman Davis Lucas said preliminary findings indicate it was weather-related.
The boaters, which included three women and three men, were on a 32-foot pontoon boat with an enclosed structure when the accident occurred.
They were heading to Lake Marion Resort Landing to escape a storm. Boaters reported strong winds and waves measuring 3 to 4 feet.
Waves swamped the boat and flipped it, according to a DNR news release. The accident happened near marker 87, between Poplar Creek Landing and Lake Marion Resort Landing.
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Lucas said the six boaters became entrapped underneath the structure, under the water.
Five of the boaters, including the boat operator, were able to get out from underneath it. One of them managed to escape through a window of the structure, Lucas said.
One of the men didn’t surface.
The other two men were able to bring him out of the water.
A DNR officer, who was also headed to Lake Marion Resort Landing to escape the storm, saw the chaotic scene.
The officer was able to get all six of the boaters aboard his vessel and take them to the landing.
Medics transported the unconscious boater to a nearby hospital where he died.