Missing SC boaters found; 1 dead, 1 hospitalized

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Monday, March 31, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say one boater is dead and a second hospitalized after a weekend fishing trip in Charleston County.

The Coast Guard said the boaters were found on high ground near the north end of the Edisto River around 7 a.m. Monday after leaving on a fishing trip from Edisto Island on Saturday.

The Coast Guard and other agencies began searching Sunday when the boat did not return.

The Coast Guard identified the missing as 29-year-old Michael Royston and 33-year-old Amy Claytor and initially reported Royston was fine and Claytor had been taken to the hospital.

But the Charleston County Sheriff's Department later reported a male was dead at the scene. The state Department of Natural Resources will investigate.