Coroner identifies kayaker after body found in Murrells Inlet marsh

Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 10:08 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2022 at 3:11 PM EDT
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MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (WMBF) - The Georgetown County coroner released the name of the person whose body was recovered at a popular landing in Murrells Inlet.

Coroner Chase Ridgeway identified the kayaker as 65-year-old Mark Ouellette of Murrells Inlet.

Jason Lesley with the sheriff’s office said the body was found in the waters at Morse Landing Park off Highway 17 Business.

He said they were called in after two fishermen from North Carolina saw an empty kayak around 8:30 a.m. Friday out in the marsh.

Lesley said that with the help of other agencies, the GCSO marine units were able to pull the body out of the water.

Ridgeway said that Ouellette was wearing a life jacket.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday to determine the cause and manner of death.

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