Officials identify missing dock worker who fell into Waccamaw River Nov. 23

Officials identify missing dock worker who fell into Waccamaw River Nov. 23
Photographer: George Umbenhauer
Photographer: George Umbenhauer
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PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) – Rescue crews are continuing to actively search daily for a man who fell into the Waccamaw River just off Hagley Drive in Pawleys Island on the afternoon of November 23.

On Friday, December 4, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office identified the missing dock worker as 53-year-old Karim Rafi Huhammad Ali.

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office was using marine patrol units and vessels, side scan sonar, and personnel in the search, which will continue until the man is located, according to a news release from the office. They are asking anyone boating on the Waccamaw River near Hagley Estates to keep a lookout for the missing man.

Chief Eggiman said they received a call for two dock workers that fell in at about 3 p.m. on Monday, November 23. One man was rescued a couple hundred feet by a bystander at a civilian dock.

At least four boats were in the water during the search on Monday. The United States Coast Guard Georgetown Station, SCDNR and the Georgetown County Sheriff's Marine Patrol were also assisting, according to a news release from the GCSO.

Midway Fire was called to scene at 2:50 p.m. Georgetown County Sheriff's Deputies were notified around 3 p.m. that a a man performing construction repairs on a dock in Hagley Estates fell into the water and did not surface.

The man that was rescued was taken to Waccamaw Medical Center for treatment.

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