Conway woman drowns in Georgetown County boating incident

akelley@thesunnews.comSeptember 11, 2013 

GEORGETOWN A Conway woman died Tuesday when the boat she and her husband were on capsized in Georgetown County, according to the U.S. Coast Guard in Charleston.

An autopsy performed Wednesday showed Delores Jones, 66, drowned, according to Georgetown County Coroner Kenneth Johnson. He said the autopsy found no signs of trauma or foul play.

A U.S. Coast Guard boat from Georgetown was on routine patrol when it found the couple’s vessel about 11 a.m., Lt. Commander Derek Beatty said.

The pair was fishing in an 18-foot boat anchored near the lighthouse in Winyah Bay, Johnson said.

Beatty said the anchor line got caught in the propeller and when the man lifted the engine the boat capsized.

Beatty said the man got trapped under the boat, but his wife Jones was on the outside.

“By the time he got out, he couldn’t find her,” he said.

Multiple boats and crews responded to the scene, and Jones’ body was recovered within 20 minutes, Beatty said.

Neither of the Jones were wearing life jackets, according to authorities.

“This is a good reminder to always wear your life jackets,” Beatty said. “If you’re a good swimmer or not, it doesn’t matter if you’re on a boat. It can keep your head above the water.”

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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