UPDATE: One person dead after boat capsizes in Murrells Inlet

Published: Jan. 26, 2014 at 2:17 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2014 at 9:08 PM EST
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GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) - One person died in a boating accident near the jetties in Murrells Inlet Saturday evening, authorities confirmed.

At about 5 p.m., Georgetown County Sheriff's Beach Patrol and deputies responded to a report of two boaters whose vessel capsized and needed assistance, an official with the sheriff's office stated in a news release.

Three Coastal Carolina University students who were fishing in the area, and three local duck hunters notified law enforcement and provided aide to the boaters.

Georgetown County Deputy Coroner Sam Hodge, states that Michael S. Arakas, 49, of Myrtle Beach, was one of the boaters killed in this accident.

"The Georgetown County Sheriff's Beach Patrol and Deputies, Garden City/Murrells Inlet Fire & Rescue, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources responded to the southern point of the Garden City Community in Georgetown County to assist the victims," the release states.

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