SCDNR provides more details in missing boater case; identity released

The search for the missing boater continued on Sunday (Source: Courtney King)

On Saturday, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources identified the missing boater whose child and boat drifted to shore after he fell overboard.

Durham Alexander DeLaura, 35, was leaving Sandy Beach with his 4-year-old daughter when he went into the water, according to SCDNR spokesperson Bob McCullough. This incident occurred around 6:35 p.m. on Lake Murray, with SCDNR receiving word and responding around 7:00 p.m.

The exact location of the fall has not been determined, as well as the cause of the fall.

The boat proceeded to drift to Panorama Point with the child inside. A witness found the child in the boat and called 911. The child was not injured and is currently with family.

SCDNR, as well as rescue squads from surrounding counties, responded to the scene. McCullough said SCDNR searched the area until 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

After an extensive search, SCDNR says they will return to the lake Sunday morning and continue.

Preliminary reports indicated it was a fatal accident. McCullough clarified the department is treating this as a missing boater situation, and they plan to keep searching until Delaura is located.

The Columbia Police Department tweeted out a statement regarding the search, expressing sympathy to the family shortly before the identity was released.

This incident is still under investigation. Stay with WACH Fox as we update you with new information as it develops.

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