Myrtle Beach man dies Saturday when boat capsizes in Garden City

mprabhu@thesunnews.com jrodriguez@thesunnews.comJanuary 25, 2014 

One man died and another was hospitalized after a boat capsized Saturday evening in the Garden City area.

Georgetown County deputy coroner Sam Hodge said Michael S. Arakas, 49, of Myrtle Beach was pronounced dead on the scene. Arakas is the owner of the Sea Trawler restaurant in Myrtle Beach, he said.

A preliminary autopsy performed Sunday morning found that Arakas died from drowning, Hodge said.

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Beach Patrol and deputies responded to a report of a boating accident at about 5 p.m. Saturday near Inlet Pointe in Garden City.

Two boaters, whose vessel capsized, needed assistance, according to a sheriff’s department press release.

Hodge said Arakas and another man were headed back to shore after duck hunting when there was an issue with the boat and it capsized. The other man was able to swim to shore and was taken to Waccamaw Community Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia.

“I talked to him last night and he seemed to be doing well … health-wise,” Hodge said.

The Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident.

Contact JASON M. RODRIGUEZ at 626-0301 or follow him at Twitter.com/TSN_jrodriguez.

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