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Coroner's office identifies drowned swimmer in Intracoastal Waterway

Officials with the SC Department of Natural Resources confirmed that there was a drowning two miles down from Enterprise Road Boat Landing Saturday. (Source: Alexandria Savage). Officials with the SC Department of Natural Resources confirmed that there was a drowning two miles down from Enterprise Road Boat Landing Saturday. (Source: Alexandria Savage).
Officials say they do not have a body right now, and they are working with Horry County Fire Rescue to bring in divers. (Source: Alexandria Savage). Officials say they do not have a body right now, and they are working with Horry County Fire Rescue to bring in divers. (Source: Alexandria Savage).
Source: Alexandria Savage. Source: Alexandria Savage.
Source: Alexandria Savage Source: Alexandria Savage
The search for a missing boater in the Intracoastal Waterway has been called off for the night and will resume in the morning, according to Horry County officials. Emergency responders consider it a recovery mission at this point.Source: Alexandria Savage The search for a missing boater in the Intracoastal Waterway has been called off for the night and will resume in the morning, according to Horry County officials. Emergency responders consider it a recovery mission at this point.Source: Alexandria Savage

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The body of the swimmer reported missing in the Intracoastal Waterway has been found and identified, according to county officials.

According to Horry County Deputy Coroner, Darris Fowler, the victim was identified as 42-year-old Eduardo Gutierrez, a Myrtle Beach resident originally from Mexico. The coroner said he was recovered from Oakbed Island near the Enterprise Boat Landing. The cause of Gutierrez's death is an accidental drowning.

The search for a missing boater in the Intracoastal Waterway continued Sunday according to Horry County officials. The body was found at about 6 p.m.

Emergency responders considered it a recovery mission Saturday. Officials with the SC Department of Natural Resources confirmed that there was a drowning two miles down from Enterprise Road Boat Landing on Saturday. According to Captain Robert McCullough with the DNR, there was a boat anchored in that spot when it happened.

The initial report that came into Horry County Fire Rescue was someone decided to jump off the boat and into the water. However, officials believe that person never resurfaced.

According to HCFR Battalion Chief Jason Mills, that boat is still on scene, anchored in the water about two miles from the landing and not visible from land.

HCFR Chief Thomas Loeper explained that generally speaking, when HCFR gets a call of this nature, it deploys a crew on boats to check out the scene. They use side-sonar technology to check the water. Then the decision will be made to put divers in the water.

In this case, Mills said HCFR put four divers in the water. He added that DNR also has divers in the water, along with investigators at the scene with the anchored boat.

Typically, crews are pulled from the water at sunset for safety reasons. However, Loeper said HCFR will determine when to pull divers depending on any ‘hits' the divers may have.

While the U.S. Coast Guard is not assisting in this investigation, dispatch did issue a call over the radio to let boaters know that emergency crews are in the area of the waterway by Enterprise Road.

DNR is the primary investigating agency on this incident.

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